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9 TOP VACATION SPOTS FOR HORSE LOVERS

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Looking to plan a personal getaway or family vacation in the coming months? While the average vacation experience might consist of stunning beaches or beautiful mountain views, your ideal getaway might feature some quality time spent with your favorite animals—horses!

Fortunately, there are many different U.S. destinations that horse lovers can enjoy . Whether you’re an equestrian or whether you have children who are fascinated by horses, here are nine of the top vacation spots you should check out!

1. Branson, MO

If you’re looking for a quiet getaway destination in the Midwest, Branson, Missouri should be in your shortlist of options.

To start, this small town of just over 11,000 people offers multiple horseback riding opportunities. Simply book your tour at Bear Creek Trail Rides and Stables, Pot A Gold Western Adventures, or Uncle Ike’s Trail Ride to enjoy a relaxing excursion through Missouri’s beautiful scenery.

For a more upbeat activity, consider booking a ticket to Dolly Parton’s Stampede . During this show, you’ll not only enjoy a delicious meal but also witness an impressive display of majestic horses paired with highly skilled riders.

2. Louisville, KY

Louisville is perhaps the most obvious destination for the person who loves horses.

Of course, the city is home of the Kentucky Derby—one of the biggest and most well known equine events in the world. Forbes has named it one of America’s greatest bucket-list sporting events . Join roughly 150,000 fans in-person to cheer on your favorite thoroughbred horse!

Beyond the derby, Louisville is filled with many other equine activities—from horse shows and parks to horse tours and museums.

3. Ocala, FL

Ocala, Florida is the perfect destination for those who love both horses and warm weather.

The city has been dubbed “The Horse Capital of the World” and for good reason. It’s one of only a few major thoroughbred centers worldwide and is home to over 1,200 thoroughbred farms. Some of the world’s greatest champion horses have come out of Ocala’s ranks—including 45 national champions and 6 Kentucky Derby winners.

What’s more, the newly constructed World Equestrian Center (WEC) is located in Ocala and provides all types of fun equine activities for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you want to witness a live horse show or grab a few horse-related souvenirs, this world-class facility is sure to keep you occupied for hours on end!

4. Sarasota Springs, NY

While New York might seem like an unlikely destination for an equine adventure, the upstate city of Saratoga Springs is known for its rich horse racing history. In fact, the Saratoga Race Course is not only the oldest horse racing track in the U.S. but also the country’s oldest sports venue .

Visit during the summer to avoid the upstate area’s frigid temperatures and enjoy some of the most popular horse racing events in America. While you’re there, be sure to book horseback riding lessons for the whole family at Old Saratoga Farms!

5. Lexington, KY

Much like Ocala, Lexington is known for being a center for thoroughbred horses. Consider booking a tour or lesson at one of the area’s 450-plus horse farms!

While in town, be sure to also visit Kentucky Horse Park. Here, you’ll be able to watch live equestrian events, visit The International Museum of the Horse, and perhaps even stay on the park’s 260-site campground.

You might also consider stopping by the world-famous Keeneland Race Course, whether it’s for a self-guided tour or to witness a live race!

6. Cody, WY

If you’re interested in filling your vacation schedule with plenty of horseback riding, perhaps Cody, Wyoming is the right destination for you.

Don’t be fooled by the quaintness of this small Midwest town. While it has an overall population of fewer than 10,000 residents , Cody possesses some of the most scenic trails and breathtaking views in all of the United States.

There are multiple places where you can book a horseback riding tour, including Rand Creek Ranch, Elk Fork Outfitters, Buffalo Bill Horse Rides, and Cedar Mountain Trail Rides.

7. Outer Banks, NC

Outer Banks is known for much more than its beautiful weather and gorgeous beaches.

This waterfront area is home to Corolla wild horses, which are believed to be descendants of the Spanish Mustangs that were brought to America in the 16 th century. Visit Currituck Beach and you might spot them gracefully trotting along the shoreline.

To witness these creatures up close and in-person, either book a trail ride to put your horseback riding skills to the test or schedule a tour to navigate the soft white dunes in a rental vehicle.

8. Gettysburg, PA

The town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is the ideal getaway spot for those who double as history buffs and horse lovers.

After you have viewed Civil War reenactments at Gettysburg National Military Park or spent time exploring the Gettysburg Museum of History, consider topping off the experience by booking a horse tour with Hickory Hollow Farm—a family-run horseback riding company that has been in business for over 30 years!

On a Hickory Hollow guided tour, you’ll be able to retread some of the most famous battlefield sites via horseback and learn more about some of the most important moments in our nation’s history.

9. Chincoteague Island, VA

Chincoteague Island is only seven miles long and one-and-a-half miles wide , yet it is a popular vacation destination for those who prefer the serenity of an unassuming town to the hustle and bustle of a waterfront city.

What makes this particular town unique is its many horses are often seen roaming the streets or being saddled for carriage rides. To join in on the fun, pay a visit to Chincoteague Pony Centre or Queen Hive Farm for a private horseback riding lesson or your very own waterfront trail ride.

Also, consider timing your vacation so that it lines up with the Chincoteague Pony Swim. Every year, locals are well outnumbered by the tens of thousands of people who visit the island to witness this great American tradition.

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Galloping with giraffes in Kenya, living among nomadic herdsmen in Mongolia, riding along empty beaches in coastal France— horse-themed vacations  are certain to make for an unforgettable experience. It's exploring the world from your favorite seat (the saddle), and the team at Equitours makes planning your adventures easy.

Offering equine tours all around the globe, Equitours is run by a team of passionate equestrians who love travel almost as much as they love horses. The owners of Equitours, the Fox family, are also the proud owners of Bitterroot Ranch , a working ranch in Wyoming that invites guests to stay and experience their lifestyle. The ranch closes to guests in the winter, and that downtime inspired the Fox family to expand their horizons to horseback riding vacations in all corners of the world. 

If you dream of seeing the world from horseback, experiencing new cultures, and making incredible connections with both people and horses, an Equitours vacation should be on your bucket list. Here are a few of their most popular destinations coupled with the most amazing experiences to inspire your next daydream.

#1. Explore Majestic National Park Country in Arizona and Utah

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This seven-day trip takes riders through three of the world's most famous national parks. From your seat in the saddle, you'll be able to explore areas of the parks most tourists never get to see. The trail starts in the Pariah River Canyon and heads onward toward Bryce Canyon and the gorges near Zion National Park. The ride culminates with a breathtaking view over the Grand Canyon.

#2. Relax in the Irish Countryside

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Nestled in the remote northwest region of Ireland is a picturesque hotel and Irish pub where horseback riders from all over the world meet to explore unpopulated beaches and ride through Irish countryside. It's an escape from the hectic world of work and obligations and an opportunity to slow down and breathe in the fresh air, making it a perfect vacation destination for horse lovers. Beautiful and responsive Irish hunters and Connemaras are both the transportation and the inspiration. The horses are fast, personable, and confident as they gallop down country lanes and along sandy beaches.

#3. Herd Cows at an Argentinian Cattle Ranch

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Estancia Los Potreros is a 6,000-acre working cattle ranch in a beautiful location in Argentina. There's an amazing view of the Andes mountains, wildflowers everywhere you look, and an abundance of wide open space worth exploring on horseback . Ride consultant and Equitours co-owner, Hadley Fox, told iHearthorses, 

"I adored trying polo in Argentina at Los Portreros. They have some of the finest horses I've ridden anywhere in the world, so responsive and sensitive. It is also the home of the hosts, and you feel the love and passion they put into their animals and their operation."

#4. View African Wildlife in Kenya

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An African safari is one thing, but imagine traversing that same landscape from the saddle of a horse. The Equitours trip to the Masai Mara in Kenya  is a once in a lifetime, awe-inspiring experience. Riders gallop after zebra as they cross their paths and stare in wonder at herds of elephants, giraffes, and countless other species unique to Africa. As Hadley puts it, there's nothing more exhilarating. This trip has been one of the most popular experiences Equitours has to offer for over 30 years, and it's easy to see why. 

#5. Ride With Nomads in Mongolia

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Mongolia is like no other country in the world. The majority of families live as nomadic herdsmen, moving with their livestock in search of green pastures. On this horseback riding vacation, riders experience a living culture that has been around since the time of Genghis Khan. Riders travel 100 miles south of Ulaanbaatar in the Tov province. The region is an overwhelming expanse of silent, treeless landscape. There are no fences, no roads, and the only structures are the temporary shelters that make up the nomads' camp. It's a heart-stirring trip that leaves riders feeling physically accomplished and mesmerized by the world outside modern society.

#6. Marvel at Dramatic Landscapes in Chile

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If you dream of views that make you stop in your tracks and wilderness that is the epitome of natural beauty, the region of Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile should be on your list of must-see places. The landscape seamlessly transitions from towering granite mountains to rolling countryside, and it even surprises visitors with pockets of forests revealing breathtaking waterfalls, lagoons, and rivers. Riders on this trip also visit iceberg-filled lakes and wild-looking glaciers. Seeing it all from between your horse's ears is a perfect opportunity to relish one of the most remote wildernesses in the world.

#7. Visit Vineyards in Coastal France

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Horseback riding vacations don't always have to be about roughing it. If you're more of a wine and dine type of traveler, you'll enjoy the Equitours trip to Bordeaux, France  where horse lovers and wine enthusiasts unite. Bordeaux is famous for its wine, and this seven-day holiday is a celebration of the area's long-standing culture and beauty. Visiting top-tier wineries to ride horses through the grounds and sip the best wine in the region is all on the agenda. And don't forget the horseback expeditions to remote beaches  for much-needed peace and relaxation.

For people who love horses, there's no better way to see the world than from a saddle. It's a chance to slow down and truly experience a new region and culture. Instead of zooming by in a car or a tour bus, you make meaningful connections with the horse, the people, and the area. Hadley told iHeartHorses,

"At the end of an Equitours trip, we hope you go home feeling both rejuvenated and accomplished. You weren't sitting on a tour bus for hours on end-- you should be proud of the physical accomplishment! At the same time, it is such a perfect pause moment from your regular life-- you got away from the routine of commuting and working, you explored a new place, you made memorable connections, both equine and human."

Are there any other great destinations for vacations for horse lovers that you can think of? Let us know in the comments below!

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Posted: December 19, 2023 | Last updated: December 19, 2023

<p>Whether you’re a major equestrian during the week or a casual horse fan, there is no better way to see the world’s most beautiful destinations. Here are 20 breathtaking places to ride horses around the globe.</p>

Whether you’re a major equestrian during the week or a casual horse fan, there is no better way to see the world’s most beautiful destinations. Here are 20 breathtaking places to ride horses around the globe.

<p>The Emerald Isle is most famous for the native Connemara ponies, with their distinctive long manes and versatility. The breed originates from the country's west coast but can be found around the island, especially if you join one of Ireland’s national pastimes, fox hunting, on your visit.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/lifestyle/articles/20_tips_that_will_keep_your_chicken_moist_on_the_grill_121923/s1__24181486'>20 tips that will keep your chicken moist on the grill</a></p>

The Emerald Isle is most famous for the native Connemara ponies, with their distinctive long manes and versatility. The breed originates from the country's west coast but can be found around the island, especially if you join one of Ireland’s national pastimes, fox hunting, on your visit.

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<p>The Lipizzaner was bred during the heyday of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in what is now Slovenia. However, Vienna is the best place to see the horses, home to the Spanish Riding School, which puts on frequent shows. A large stud is also near Graz, in the south of Austria.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive lifestyle content.</a></p>

The Lipizzaner was bred during the heyday of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in what is now Slovenia. However, Vienna is the best place to see the horses, home to the Spanish Riding School, which puts on frequent shows. A large stud is also near Graz, in the south of Austria.

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<p>The Icelandic Horse (do not call them a pony, despite their small stature) is a national treasure and, surprisingly, a huge export for Iceland. Like their Irish island counterparts, these creatures were bred to survive the harsh climate and have long, wild hair to keep them warm. Today, multiple tours and barns offer horseback rides for visitors in the south of Iceland.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/lifestyle/articles/15_unconventional_uses_for_olive_oil/s1__38973678'>15 unconventional uses for olive oil</a></p>

The Icelandic Horse (do not call them a pony, despite their small stature) is a national treasure and, surprisingly, a huge export for Iceland. Like their Irish island counterparts, these creatures were bred to survive the harsh climate and have long, wild hair to keep them warm. Today, multiple tours and barns offer horseback rides for visitors in the south of Iceland.

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<p>Home to the breed of the same name, this area in the south of France is a beautiful coastal destination. And one that you can enjoy from the back of a true local — a Camargue horse!</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive lifestyle content.</a></p>

Camargue, France

Home to the breed of the same name, this area in the south of France is a beautiful coastal destination. And one that you can enjoy from the back of a true local — a Camargue horse!

<p>The aptly named Norwegian Fjord Horse hails from the west of the country and is a great location to view the trusty steeds in their natural habitat. The Langedrag Nature Park offers trail rides where you can see the best of Norway’s scenery from the back of a local, and the Norwegian Fjord Horse Center is a great place to learn more about the breed's history.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/lifestyle/articles/20_foods_that_are_basically_calorie_free/s1__39105893'>20 foods that are basically calorie-free</a></p>

Fjords of Norway

The aptly named Norwegian Fjord Horse hails from the west of the country and is a great location to view the trusty steeds in their natural habitat. The Langedrag Nature Park offers trail rides where you can see the best of Norway’s scenery from the back of a local, and the Norwegian Fjord Horse Center is a great place to learn more about the breed's history.

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<p>The province of Zeeland in the south of the country is a well-kept secret European beach destination. One of the best ways to explore it is on the back of a horse. And luckily, the shores of the Atlantic are home to numerous barns that offer riding tours of the area.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive lifestyle content.</a></p>

Atlantic Coast, the Netherlands

The province of Zeeland in the south of the country is a well-kept secret European beach destination. One of the best ways to explore it is on the back of a horse. And luckily, the shores of the Atlantic are home to numerous barns that offer riding tours of the area.

<p>Morocco’s premier beach escape is also one of the best riding destinations in the country. Gallop along the ocean's crashing waves, through neighboring forests, and over dunes for miles.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/lifestyle/articles/the_13_most_scenic_us_mountain_towns_121923/s1__38605886'>The 13 most scenic US mountain towns</a></p>

Essaouira, Morocco

Morocco’s premier beach escape is also one of the best riding destinations in the country. Gallop along the ocean's crashing waves, through neighboring forests, and over dunes for miles.

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<p>Cairo houses one of the main wonders of the world: the pyramids. And every year, millions flock to see them, so if you want to avoid crowds and experience this site in a new way, take a riding tour. Plenty of barns outside of Cairo offer excursions on a daily basis, and it’s definitely worth doing!</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive lifestyle content.</a></p>

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo houses one of the main wonders of the world: the pyramids. And every year, millions flock to see them, so if you want to avoid crowds and experience this site in a new way, take a riding tour. Plenty of barns outside of Cairo offer excursions on a daily basis, and it’s definitely worth doing!

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<p>This little-known landlocked country is often overlooked in favor of its neighbor, South Africa. However, Lesotho is the perfect horse trekking destination due to its proximity to the Drakensberg mountains. The entire country is elevated well above sea level, at about 4,600 feet, the views are epic from most points.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive lifestyle content.</a></p>

This little-known landlocked country is often overlooked in favor of its neighbor, South Africa. However, Lesotho is the perfect horse trekking destination due to its proximity to the Drakensberg mountains. The entire country is elevated well above sea level, at about 4,600 feet, the views are epic from most points.

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<p>The army of Genghis Khan was full of expert equestrians, earning the land the nickname “Empire of the Horse.” Today, you can ride through the heritage lands of the conqueror and have a true adventure on the week (or more) longer horse treks, where you'll stay in yurts after galloping through the plains of Mongolia all day.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive lifestyle content.</a></p>

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<p>Wine and mountains are the two main things Argentina is known for globally. But it has a not-so-secret obsession with polo, one of its most popular sports. And it’s easy to find a match to watch no matter where in the country you visit!</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive lifestyle content.</a></p>

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Costa Rica has no shortage of amazing scenery; from volcanoes to endless beaches and staggering mountains, there’s something for everyone here. And one of the best ways to see it all is on a trail ride. Numerous ranches offer day and overnight experiences throughout the country.

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Baja, Mexico

The Baja Peninsula is the stuff of vacation dreams, with long sandy stretches against the vibrant blue ocean. However, if you’ve tired of sunbathing or swimming, there’s nothing more fun than a canter along the beach, and plenty of outfits welcome tourists in Baja.

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<p>The racehorse capital of the world and host of the Kentucky Derby, the bluegrass state is also a fantastic destination year-round for horse lovers. You can tour various Thoroughbred stud farms, watch non-Derby races at Churchill Downs, and explore the local trails on horseback.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive lifestyle content.</a></p>

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The racehorse capital of the world and host of the Kentucky Derby, the bluegrass state is also a fantastic destination year-round for horse lovers. You can tour various Thoroughbred stud farms, watch non-Derby races at Churchill Downs, and explore the local trails on horseback.

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Patagonia, Chile

Most travelers to South America’s most famous park explore on their own two feet. But, if you’re keen for a bit of a break or just a different vantage point, try a ride through the mountains. You can organize a day ride or an overnight trek with many Patagonian tour companies.

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20 epic destinations for horse lovers

Whether you’re a major equestrian during the week or a casual horse fan, there is no better way to see the world’s most beautiful destinations. Here are 20 breathtaking places to ride horses around the globe.

The Emerald Isle is most famous for the native Connemara ponies, with their distinctive long manes and versatility. The breed originates from the country's west coast but can be found around the island, especially if you join one of Ireland’s national pastimes, fox hunting, on your visit.

The Lipizzaner was bred during the heyday of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in what is now Slovenia. However, Vienna is the best place to see the horses, home to the Spanish Riding School, which puts on frequent shows. A large stud is also near Graz, in the south of Austria.

The Icelandic Horse (do not call them a pony, despite their small stature) is a national treasure and, surprisingly, a huge export for Iceland. Like their Irish island counterparts, these creatures were bred to survive the harsh climate and have long, wild hair to keep them warm. Today, multiple tours and barns offer horseback rides for visitors in the south of Iceland.

Camargue, France

Home to the breed of the same name, this area in the south of France is a beautiful coastal destination. And one that you can enjoy from the back of a true local — a Camargue horse!

Fjords of Norway

The aptly named Norwegian Fjord Horse hails from the west of the country and is a great location to view the trusty steeds in their natural habitat. The Langedrag Nature Park offers trail rides where you can see the best of Norway’s scenery from the back of a local, and the Norwegian Fjord Horse Center is a great place to learn more about the breed's history.

Atlantic Coast, the Netherlands

The province of Zeeland in the south of the country is a well-kept secret European beach destination. One of the best ways to explore it is on the back of a horse. And luckily, the shores of the Atlantic are home to numerous barns that offer riding tours of the area.

Essaouira, Morocco

Morocco’s premier beach escape is also one of the best riding destinations in the country. Gallop along the ocean's crashing waves, through neighboring forests, and over dunes for miles.

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo houses one of the main wonders of the world: the pyramids. And every year, millions flock to see them, so if you want to avoid crowds and experience this site in a new way, take a riding tour. Plenty of barns outside of Cairo offer excursions on a daily basis, and it’s definitely worth doing!

Kenya is synonymous with safari. And while it’s exciting to roll around in a jeep spotting lions, cheetahs, and rhinos (oh my), one of the more unique experiences is to do so on horseback. 

This little-known landlocked country is often overlooked in favor of its neighbor, South Africa. However, Lesotho is the perfect horse trekking destination due to its proximity to the Drakensberg mountains. The entire country is elevated well above sea level, at about 4,600 feet, the views are epic from most points.

The state has long been known as “cowboy country,” and you’ll definitely feel that on your visit. And you can get a taste of the lifestyle on one of the many dude ranches in the area. Trot through Wyoming’s mountains, try your hand at herding cattle, and build a bond with your four-hooved partner! 

The army of Genghis Khan was full of expert equestrians, earning the land the nickname “Empire of the Horse.” Today, you can ride through the heritage lands of the conqueror and have a true adventure on the week (or more) longer horse treks, where you'll stay in yurts after galloping through the plains of Mongolia all day.

Horse riding is a national pastime in Kyrgyzstan, and visitors are more than welcome to take part in it. Horse treks provide a sample of traditional nomadic life and are a great way to see the country's landscapes.

Wine and mountains are the two main things Argentina is known for globally. But it has a not-so-secret obsession with polo, one of its most popular sports. And it’s easy to find a match to watch no matter where in the country you visit!

The Canadian Rockies

Most people hike or ski in Canada’s world-class mountains. But if you’re up for something a bit different, numerous Alberta and British Columbia ranches offer amazing vacation packages. You can take a quick trail ride, overnight camp, or even have the full farm experience and stay a week on site!

Costa Rica has no shortage of amazing scenery; from volcanoes to endless beaches and staggering mountains, there’s something for everyone here. And one of the best ways to see it all is on a trail ride. Numerous ranches offer day and overnight experiences throughout the country.

Baja, Mexico

The Baja Peninsula is the stuff of vacation dreams, with long sandy stretches against the vibrant blue ocean. However, if you’ve tired of sunbathing or swimming, there’s nothing more fun than a canter along the beach, and plenty of outfits welcome tourists in Baja.

Kentucky, United States of America

The racehorse capital of the world and host of the Kentucky Derby, the bluegrass state is also a fantastic destination year-round for horse lovers. You can tour various Thoroughbred stud farms, watch non-Derby races at Churchill Downs, and explore the local trails on horseback.

Patagonia, Chile

Most travelers to South America’s most famous park explore on their own two feet. But, if you’re keen for a bit of a break or just a different vantage point, try a ride through the mountains. You can organize a day ride or an overnight trek with many Patagonian tour companies.

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Explore the desert as it was meant to be seen, not in an ATV, but on horseback. If interested, many operators offer quick gallops through Wadi Rum, overnight camping options, or custom tours.

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7 destinations you need to visit if you’re horse-obsessed

By Lexi Shannon

Published on Nov 20, 2019

Grab your hat and boots and get ready to saddle up – these destinations make the ideal trips for horse lovers everywhere. Whether you’re an Olympic show jumper, a working wrangler or a total beginner, there’s a horseback adventure out there that’s made for you. Check out my pick of the best equine-filled adventures… giddy up!

1. Chincoteague Island, Virginia, USA

The small island off the eastern shore of Virginia is home to the infamous Misty of Chincoteague . With a landmass of less than 100 square kilometres, Chincoteague Island and the northern Assateague Island are home to over 150 wild Chincoteague ponies. The ponies live in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, which is actually located on Assateague Island.

In order to maintain the herd, every July, a group of ponies are wrangled up and swim to the mainland to be auctioned off to the public. The mares and stallions swim back to the island while the foals remain in corrals to be auctioned off. This world-famous event draws in huge crowds every year with people looking to adopt or just soak up the cuteness.

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2. Reykjavik, Iceland

Home of the small-statured and sturdy Icelandic Horse, Iceland is a horse lovers paradise. Wild horses roam the lands among icecaps and fjords, through ancient lava flows and across icy hills. Known as the ‘five-gaited horse,’ the breed has two unique gaits – the ‘tölt’ and the ‘flying pace’. As a beginner, there’s no need to go quicker than a walk to enjoy the experience, but for those of us who grew up in the saddle, there’s no better feeling than going for a quick run across a remote Icelandic volcano basin. Treks are offered in all shapes and sizes, from short three-hour sightseeing trail rides to week-long camping adventures .

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3. Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Ocala may be the horse capital of the world, but southern neighbor Palm Beach is an equine force to be reckoned with. Between Ocala’s World Equestrian Center and Palm Beach’s Winter Equestrian Festival, there’s no lack of equines in the Sunshine State.

For non-horsemen (and women), you can watch some of top riding in the world without having to pay Olympic prices, during the 12-week long Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). 12 weeks of children, junior, adult amateur and professional competitions across all different disciplines start in January and run through the end of March. Each week runs from Wednesday nights through Sunday, with the top Grand Prix’s taking place on the weekends.

On the days there’s no show, take advantage of the Atlantic coast’s crystal blue waters and manatee-filled inlets. PBIEC is also home to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and International Polo Club .

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4. Banff, Alberta, Canada

Best known for its picturesque turquoise waters and towering treelines, Banff in Canada is best explored by horseback. Whether it be from the saddle or a sleigh, the snow-covered fields have been left undisturbed except for hoofprints and offer unique views of the stunning sights.

‘Cowboy up,’ as they say, and start planning your adventure today . Banff is home to a few different tour groups that all offer unique experiences, such as Timberline Tours’ Overnight Rides,   Banff Trail Riders’ Winter Sleigh Rides or check out Contiki’s Grand Canadian trip , which includes the Calgary stampede and rodeo.

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5. Cody, Wyoming, USA

Trust me, this  ain’t my first rodeo. Throw on your boots and grab your hat because we’re heading out West, partner. Cody in Wyoming, nestled just East of Yellowstone National Park, is named after Buffalo Bill ( sound familiar? ) who founded the town in the late 1890s. Since then, it has become a cowboy hub and central location for all things ‘western’.

If you’re looking for an authentic dude ranch experience , Cody is calling your name. There are also plenty of opportunities for trail rides , day ranches and rodeos !

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6. Ibiza, Spain

Wait…what? Party capital of the world Ibiza has a little-known gem hidden at its northern end – Ibiza Horse Valley . The horse sanctuary is located a short 40-minute drive from San Antonio, making it an easy day experience. Though offered to all riding levels, I’d recommend this one for those with at least a bit of saddle time. Each day trip starts prior to sunset and takes riders on a long ride around the valley. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll finish atop the mountain as the sun is about to set!

For those who are confident in the saddle (which at Ibiza Horse Valley is a bareback pad with stirrups), you can split off with one of the guides to go for some gallop sets up the mountain. If you’re a bit nervous, there are plenty of opportunities to go at your own pace, whether that’s a walk, trot or short canter.

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7. South Africa

A dream destination for many, Africa is far too big to narrow down to one specific place to saddle up. Lucky for us, the possibilities in big game land are endless. There’s Wineland tours in Cape Town ,  Polo treks on the Nile and Epic Namibia Desert Rides where you’ll ride alongside wild lions, elephants and zebras.

If you’re looking for a more interactive equine experience, they also offer working holidays in both South Africa and Zimbabwe , where you get the opportunity to volunteer at a reserve and learn the ins and outs of stable management, learn to play polocrosse and ride in competitions.

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So, what are you waiting for? Time to saddle up and “ride til you can’t no more.”

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Best Vacation Destinations For Horse Lovers

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by Samantha Crowley | Dec 27, 2019

Traveling can make you miss riding for sure, but what if vacationing didn’t have to mean spending time out-of-saddle? These vacation destinations for horse lovers have cowgirls in mind. From the U.S. of A. all the way to Ireland, you can see the world on horseback.

Sedona, Arizona

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There’s more than just hiking! Go for a ride on your favorite four-legged buddy while admiring the red rocks.

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Ring of Kerry, Ireland

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You know how they always show gorgeous Irish landscapes in movies? You can experience them on horseback at this vacation destination!

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Check out the beach or the rolling Irish hills in saddle!

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Canada’s Banff National Park is basically what dreams are made of.

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While they have plenty of hiking and boating at this vacation destination, they also offer tours on horseback, ranging from half days to few-day excursions.

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Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii

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Hoping for something a little more exotic? Try Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii for your next vacation destination. Tour the Hawaiian countryside and take in the island glow.

The park even has a monthly Mules in the Park program where the park mule caretaker presents on the uses of mules as pack animals and shows how to properly load up a mule.

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If you go to the right vacation destination, you can see the whole world on horseback . How cool is that?!

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America’s Most Beautiful Vacation Spots for Horse Lovers

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Whether you're looking to put on your chaps and learn to swing a rope or take a relaxing trail ride in the wilderness with your own horse, there are plenty of vacation destinations in the United States that offer incredible horseback-riding opportunities. 

There are trips for everyone from expert equestrians to newbies just learning. Some will try your mettle and give you a good workout as you explore life on a dude ranch, while others will help you relax and unwind. Regardless of whichever one you choose, you are sure to have fun at any of these 25 vacation spots for horse lovers in the U.S.

Sunrise Pack Stations

Sunrise Pack Station

Location: Bozeman, Montana

The horseback-riding experience: Horse pack trip through Yellowstone National Park

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Sunrise Pack Station

There is nothing like Yellowstone National Park, especially from the back of a horse! This unique experience is a seven-day pack trip through one of the most remote parts of the park.

 The Bechler Waterfalls trip includes incredible scenery such as wildlife, waterfalls, water crossings, hot springs and even fishing opportunities! Sunrise Pack Stations has other trips as well, including shorter day trips. 

Wildfire Ranch Spiritual Retreat

Wildfire Ranch Spiritual Retreat

Location: Spring Mills, Pennsylvania

The horseback-riding experience: Week-long relaxing retreat

Wildfire Ranch Spiritual Retreat

When your batteries are drained and you need to recharge — whether it’s due to work burnout or just life — Wildfire Ranch Spiritual Retreat is the place to go. Here, you can spend five or six days experiencing daily ranch life. 

For those looking for it, you can even arrange for equine therapy for depression and anxiety. It’s a wonderful place to go to relax, renew and recharge. 

Five Brooks Ranch

Five Brooks Ranch

Location: Olema, California

The horseback-riding experience: Camping at Point Reyes National Seashore 

Hired horses or bring your own horse: Either option is available

Five Brooks Ranch

Located about 30 miles north of San Francisco, Point Reyes National Seashore is a wonderful vacation spot if you want to take your horse with you for some lovely beach rides. There are three campgrounds that have spots for horse camping: Sky, Coast and Wildcat. Be sure to follow all Park Rules regarding horses . 

If you don’t have a horse, but like the idea of camping at the beach, contact Five Brooks Ranch . They do guided trail horseback rides and also have boarding if you would prefer to have your horse in a stall while you camp. 

Black Mountain Ranch

Black Mountain Ranch

Location: McCoy, Colorado

The horseback-riding experience: Week-long dude ranch experience 

Black Mountain Ranch

Anyone who has watched “City Slickers” has wondered what a week on a dude ranch would really be like. Well, Black Mountain Ranch in Colorado is waiting to show you! 

The ranch has won multiple awards for its week-long trips that include skeet shooting, whitewater rafting, fishing, cattle driving, rodeos and, of course, lots of horse riding.

Sons of the Wind Farm

Sons of the Wind Farm

Location: Merrimac, Massachusetts

The horseback-riding experience: Intensive, five-day dressage skills trip 

Sons of the Wind Farm

Are you hoping to take a vacation that also heightens your dressage skills? Sons of the Wind Farm is a premier dressage facility that offers five-day and three-day intensive training programs in which you will learn from Master Vitor Silva on a highly trained Lusitano schoolmaster. 

Sounds like a dream, right? Well wait until you see the amazing onsite accommodations — it’s a true paradise that you won’t want to leave. 

Love Valley

Love Valley

Location: Love Valley, North Carolina

The horseback-riding experience: Visit a town where horses are the only form of transportation

Love Valley

If you want to take a vacation and step back in time — to a place where no cars are allowed and horses are the sole mode of transportation — then head to Love Valley. This cute town that time forgot was founded by Andy Barker, who made the law that only horses and horse-drawn vehicles are allowed in downtown. 

That was in 1963, and the law stands to this day. You can bring your own horse or rent one , and there are plenty of places to stay in Love Valley depending on whether you want to camp, rent a cabin or rent a room.

Enchantment Equitreks

Enchantment Equitreks

Location: Edgewood, New Mexico

The horseback-riding experience: Equi-Yoga and horse-riding vacation

Enchantment Equitreks

Many riders have discovered how much yoga can help keep you relaxed and balanced in the saddle. Enchantment Equitreks gives equestrians a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation that combines riding and yoga for a truly unique getaway. 

There are several different yoga retreats to choose from, all of which will leave you more balanced, emotionally and physically. 

Tennessee International Dude and Guest Ranch

A Tennessee Dude & Guest Ranch

Location: Dunlap, Tennessee

The horseback-riding experience: Family farm-stay experience

A Tennessee Dude & Guest Ranch

We don’t always have time for a week-long getaway, which makes this vacation spot perfect because this ranch offers a short Family Farm-Stay Experience . 

The Tennessee International Dude and Guest Ranch welcomes you for a two-night vacation that gives you a taste of farm life. Learn how to milk a cow, feed the chickens, collect eggs, grind wheat and more. If you have the time, they do have longer trips as well. 

Brasada Ranch

Brasada Ranch

Location: Bend, Oregon

The horseback-riding experience: High desert horseback-riding vacation

Brasada Ranch

If you want to go on a horseback-riding vacation but would like to do more relaxing than ranch work, check out Brasada Ranch . This exquisite ranch has all the amenities of a vacation resort, including a spa, golf course, stocked ponds for fishing, bike rentals and an athletic club — plus 900 acres of trails waiting to be discovered. 

For horseback riding, you can bring your own horse to stay in their beautiful accommodations or take a guided trail on the ranch horses. The property also offers lessons. 

Ocean Acres Horse Hotel

Ocean Acres Horse Hotel

Location: Grayland, Washington

The horseback-riding experience: Horseback riding on the beach 

Hired horses or bring your own horse: Bring your own

Ocean Acres Horse Hotel

Bring your horse to this fun B&B on the Washington Coast for a beach vacation you will never forget. The cozy accommodations for both you and your horse are clean and comfortable. Ocean Acres Horse Hotel is known for their breakfasts, too, so don’t skip out! 

Then, mount up because the beach is right there, no need to trailer anywhere else. You can ride for miles on a well-kept beach. 

Silver Spur Ranch

Silver Spur Ranch

Location: Dubois, Idaho

The horseback-riding experience: The only authentic Western horse drive in the world

Silver Spur Ranch

There is nothing like helping drive 40-head of horses over 100,000 acres of mountainous terrain. 

This horseback vacation is unlike any other in the entire world, and the Silver Spur Ranch is famous for it. Be ready to ride 20 miles a day and really get to work, but it will be an experience you will never forget. 

McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch

McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch

Location: Libby, Montana

The horseback-riding experience: Working cattle ranch vacation

McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch

This cattle ranch is a bit unique in that it allows you to bring your own horse if you wish. McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch also has horsemanship lessons using Buck Brannaman-style horsemanship , for those looking to learn on their vacation. 

You will learn safe trail techniques, how to navigate steep terrain and healthy cattle management.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Location: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The horseback-riding experience: Family-friendly horseback-riding vacation 

Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Red Horse Mountain Ranch is the perfect place for families to take a vacation together, especially if not every member is interested in horses. While the ranch has a special program that allows kids as young as three to have some “horse time,” those family members not interested in riding will find plenty of other fun things to do, including archery, ziplining, fishing, kayaking, biking and golf.

For the rider, be ready for lush scenic views on over 560 acres.

Buffalo Gap Ranch

Buffalo Gap Ranch

Location: Sentinel Butte, North Dakota

The horseback-riding experience: Trail-riding vacation

Buffalo Gap Ranch

History buffs will love getting to ride where Theodore Roosevelt did at Buffalo Gap Ranch . 

Explore the Maah Daah Hey Trail and the new Buffalo Gap Trail. Then, when you are done riding for the day, there are plenty of other activities to keep you occupied, including hunting and shopping in the historic town of Medora. 

Double R Guest Ranch

Double R Guest Ranch

Location: Benson, Arizona

The horseback-riding experience: Desert trail riding and mini cattle drive

Double R Guest Ranch

The Double R Guest Ranch is a great place for horse lovers who want a lot of choices in the type of hired horse ride. There are short vacations for weekend getaways as well as full week stays. 

Choose from “fast rides” for those that want to canter or gallop, to leisurely scenic rides for the novice or someone just looking to relax. 

Bar W Guest Ranch

Bar W Guest Ranch

Location: Whitefish, Montana

The horseback-riding experience: Relaxing dude ranch

Bar W Guest Ranch

The Bar W Guest Ranch in Montana is perfect for the novice looking to learn more horsemanship skills or the expert looking to relax and explore the beautiful Montana countryside. 

This ranch focuses on horsemanship skills, offering week-long vacationers the chance to compete in a friendly Bar W guest rodeo with barrel racing, pole bending and more at the end of the week.

Dakota Dream Bed & Breakfast

Dakota Dream Bed & Breakfast

Location: Custer, South Dakota

The horseback-riding experience: Explore Custer State Park, Mickelson Trail and Custer City

Dakota Dream Bed & Breakfast

Bring your horse to Dakota Dream Bed & Breakfast where you can explore Custer State Park and the Mickelson Trail. Cozy guest cabins and a nice barn with runs await you and your trusted mount. 

After riding, check out Custer City and relax on the beautiful lawns of Dakota Dream.

Bull Hill Guest Ranch

Bull Hill Guest Ranch

Location: Kettle Falls, Washington

The horseback-riding experience: Relaxing trail rides and exciting cattle drives

Bull Hill Guest Ranch

Near the border of British Columbia, Bull Hill Guest Ranch offers a little bit of everything for those looking for a horse vacation. The ranch has relaxing trail rides and exciting cattle drives, and after riding, you can play games in the Cookhouse. Also, be sure to ask about the ride to the Saloon tours.

There are many accommodation choices, too, from glamping tents to luxurious cabins. 

Brazos Bluff Ranch

Brazos Bluff Ranch

Location: Waco, Texas

The horseback-riding experience: Relaxing getaway with trail riding and unique scenery

Brazos Bluff Ranch

Brazos Bluff Ranch is located where the Balcones Fault line and the Brazos River (the longest river in Texas) meet, resulting in amazing ecosystems with diverse plants and animals. And you can explore this incredible area on horseback.

Beginners are welcome, and lessons are available. Then, you can relax in the lovely guest cabins . There are many fun local attractions, too, including the Magnolia Silos and the Dr. Pepper Museum!

Action Adventures Trail Rides

Action Adventures Trail Rides

Location: Ouray, Colorado

The horseback-riding experience: Wilderness pack trips and glamping

Action Adventures Trail Rides

Enjoy the remote wilds of Colorado with Action Adventure Trail Rides . The company provides overnight and multi-day pack trips on its private ranch or in Uncompahgre Wilderness. 

The glamping choices include beautifully furnished alpine yurts , while pack trips will take you up into the mountains where you will get a real taste of the wildness of Colorado. Choose from one-, three-, four- and seven-day night trips, depending on how rustic you want to get.

Turkey Creek Ranch

Turkey Creek Ranch

Location: Newcastle, Nebraska

The horseback-riding experience: Gorgeous camping with plenty of trails and an obstacle course

Turkey Creek Ranch

Turkey Creek Ranch is a great place to go if you are looking for camping (with electrical hook-ups for RVs) for you and your horse. Sixteen-plus miles of trails await your exploration, along with a fun man-made trail obstacle course. 

For those who enjoy glamping , there is also a fully furnished cabin available. 

Bluegrass Country Estate

Bluegrass Country Estate

Location: La Grange, Kentucky

The horseback-riding experience: Luxury resort in the heart of horse country

Bluegrass Country Estate

Who want to explore horse country without their trusted mount? The Bluegrass Country Estate has gorgeous rooms and plenty of Southern hospitality for both horse and rider. 

There are plenty of nearby trails to explore during your stay. After your ride, you can enjoy the pool, hot tub, and theater, workout and game rooms. Be sure to check out Churchill Downs and the many other local attractions during your stay. 

Seventy-Four Ranch

Seventy-Four Ranch

Location: Jasper, Georgia

The horseback-riding experience: Rustic 1800s cabins with gorgeous trails

Seventy-Four Ranch

Seventy-Four Ranch is all about natural conservancy and getting people back outside. This rustic bed and breakfast serves organic meals and puts you up in the historic Butler-Cape House cabins. 

You can explore the 20,000 acres of trails on one of their horses or your own. The goal is to enjoy relaxing trail rides that will give you a love for the outdoors to take with you when you leave.

High Pocket Vacation Rental

High Pocket Vacation Rental

Location: Colrain, Massachusetts

The horseback-riding experience: 170-year-old farmhouse for rent with trails

Hired horses or bring your own horse: Bring your own 

High Pocket Vacation Rental

For those looking to rent out a place to themselves, the High Pocket Vacation Rental is perfect. The four-bedroom farmhouse has been lovingly kept up for almost two centuries and comes with modern amenities like a rec room and a hot tub. 

Explore almost 550 acres on your own horse that will be able to relax in the four-stall barn afterward. 

Secret Passage Ranch

Secret Passage Ranch

Location: Fort Valley, Virginia

The horseback-riding experience: Retreat-style riding vacation with personalized experiences

Secret Passage Ranch

At the Secret Passage Ranch , you get to decide your vacation plans. First, decide on whether you want to bring your own horse or enjoy one of the ranch’s well-trained ones. (They are even used for Civil War reenactments!) 

Then, decide whether you want lessons, training or to just enjoy the miles of trails. Finally, relax in the cozy guesthouse , which was built in the 1740s. You can book the entire house or individual rooms. 

US Vacation Destinations for Horse Lovers

places to visit for horse lovers

I admit, I’m one of those people that considers a horse show a vacation…whether I’m competing or just watching.  I love the excitement and the atmosphere…fancy show clothes and bright colored ribbons…the sweet smell of hay and horse sweat….  But, turns out, some people don’t enjoy watching horses parade around in the arena during their downtime (shocking, I know!).

If you’re looking for a vacation destination that can satisfy both horse lovers and the rest of the family all at the same time, check out these great options!

Lexington, KY

Located in the heart of bluegrass horse country, Lexington offers a wide variety of activities for horse lovers and non-horse lovers alike!  Barn tours, race tracks, the Kentucky Horse Park…equestrians can be entertained for days.  While distillery tours, historical sites, and beautiful countryside provide lots of opportunities for non-horse lovers to explore and enjoy the area as well.

For great ideas of things to do in Lexington for horse lovers, check out this blog post !

Assateague and Chincoteague Island, VA/MD

If you grew up reading Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry, then you’re familiar with Assateague Island .  This island is home to a band of wild ponies that roam free on the beach.  Once a year the horses are gathered and driven to Chincoteague Island where a portion of them are sold to private owners to help maintain an appropriate herd size.  Not only does Chincoteague/Assateague offer the opportunity to glimpse these wild horses in their natural habitat, there are incredible beaches to explore as well as hiking, fishing, and crabbing/clamming for the less horse inclined of the group.

Mackinac Island, MI

Mackinac Island in Lake Huron is unique in the fact that it doesn’t allow motor vehicles on the island.  Instead, horses, bicycles, and boats provide the main forms of transportation.  It’s like stepping back in time.  Take a leisurely carriage tour around the island…enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing…visit a fudge factory…or check out the local historic sites.

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5 Best Places to Vacation in the US for Horse Lovers

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Whether you’re a horse owner with a life-long love affair with horses or an admirer from afar, these five US travel destinations are sure to delight horse lovers of every age and stripe!

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Churchill Downs is the Home of the Kentucky Derby.

Louisville, Kentucky

Home of the Kentucky Derby, the most prestigious annual horse race in America, and the first jewel of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.

Why you will love it: If you are interested in thoroughbred horses and racing, this should be at the top of your list. Enjoy the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” enjoying race day at Churchill Downs, as well as the unique southern flavor or Louisville’s other attractions, like the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Muhammed Ali Center, zip lining and a number of unique museum experiences.

When to visit: If you’re making this trip only once, be sure to catch the Kentucky Derby! And while the race itself is held the first Saturday in May, be sure to catch the 2-week celebration before the race, the Kentucky Derby Festival.

Wild Pony Swim

The Annual Wild Pony Swim

Chincoteague, Virginia

Home of the the Chincoteague Pony, a wild breed of pony that lives on Assateague Island in Virginia, and a relaxing natural beach atmosphere.

Why you will love it:

If you love to see wild horses in their natural habitat this is the place to be. The Chincoteague Pony, also known as the Assateague horse, have inhabited Assateague Island for hundreds of years and trace their origin to descendants of horses from a Spanish galleon that wrecked off the coast.

When to visit:

If you want to catch something truly spectacular then book your visit during the annual Pony Swim, which happens for a week every summer. During the event ‘Saltwater Cowboys” round up the ponies and swim them from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The events during that week include a pony parade, carnival, pony auction, and more.

Wild Horse at Shackleford Banks, NC

Wild horse in the dunes at Shackleford Banks.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

There are several places to see wild Spanish Mustangs along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Viewing these beauties requires patience and the knowledge that it can happen at any time.

These Spanish Mustangs roam free along the Outer Banks and are believed to be descendants of shipwrecked horses from hundreds of years ago that took up residence here. At any given time you could have them cross your path on the beach for a wonderful viewing of these beautiful horses.

You can view the horses any time of the year along the Outer Banks but most would probably prefer doing so during fair weather like spring and summer. There are many ways to see the horses including taking a Wild Horse Tour or just walking along the beach.

One of many picturesque horse farms in Ocala

One of many picturesque horse farms in Ocala

Ocala, Florida

This central Florida city is known as the Horse Capital of the World with its huge green pastures filled with beautiful horse farms. Ocala is a city in Marion County that has over 600 Thoroughbred farms and is considered one of just a few Thoroughbred centers in the world.

Not only are there a massive amount of horse farms in Ocala but there are also equestrian events happening just about all year long. There is a 500-acre Florida Horse Park here which is the official training site for the U.S. Equestrian Team as well as host to many nationally recognized three-day events, international and Olympic-level equine sports competitions, and more. The area also let’s the equine lover the ability to learn with Olympic-level trainers and to participate in some of the world’s biggest equine competitions.

The fact that this equestrian city is in Florida tells you that the weather is beautiful year round making pursuing horse activities easy. There are several horse festivals as well as equestrian events here throughout the year to keep every horse lover happy.

Saratoga Racetrack

Saratoga Racetrack

Saratoga Springs, New York

The town of Saratoga Spring in upstate New York has been a ‘Horse Haven’ for horse-lovers dating back to 1847 when the first meeting for trotters was held on a dirt track and wagered on.

The Saratoga Race Course is the oldest race track in America. It also is host to the best horse racing in America. In addition to its equestrian activities, Saratoga has beautiful landscapes, lakes, and springs as well as theater, ballet, opera, music, shopping, and more to occupy everyone in the family.

The best time to visit this area is in the summertime from mid-July through Labor Day when the town hosts the best racing in America including the Saratoga Stakes Races, the Whitney Stakes, and Saratoga’s biggest race, the $1.25 Million Travers Race.

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The 9 Best Vacations for Southern Horse Lovers

Jennifer Prince has covered weddings and travel since 2010. Her work appears on Southern Living, T+L, NatGeo, Zola, Apartment Therapy, and others.

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The South is brimming with vacations for all types of travelers. Depending on your interests, you can head to see historic buildings in Charleston , experience the French cuisine of New Orleans, or hike the gorgeous mountains in Boone . However, for animal lovers, several Southern destinations are perfect for a different style of traveling: equine vacations. The South is known for everything from modern-day cowboys and wild horses to its upscale polo matches, making Southern states ideal for a horse-centered trip. From stays at BYOH (bring your own horse) ranches to getting up close to some of the world's most talented steeds, here are the nine best vacations for Southern horse lovers.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

When people think about wild animals, horses probably aren't the first thing that crosses their minds. However, around 100 wild horses that descended from Spanish Mustangs still roam free in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Because the areas they frequent, such as Corolla , Ocracoke Island, and Carova, are remote, the best way to see these herds is to book an off-road 4x4 tour. Just remember: there are guidelines against feeding or getting within 50 feet of the wild steeds. The Wild Horse Preserve at Grace Wynds also has farm tours, domesticated wild horses, and educational programs if you want to delve deeper into learning and get closer to these stately creatures.

Denton, Texas

When considering equestrian vacations, perhaps one of the first states that comes to mind is Texas, which is logical considering its cowboy history. Denton is located in Northern Texas, just above the Dallas/Fort Worth area. What is unique about the region is that there are multiple ranches, several of which can provide a personalized experience for your family. For example, sign up for a summer horsing camp at RNR Stables , see wildlife from horseback over the 39 miles of trails at Marshall Creek Ranch , or ride lakeside at Black Mustang Ranch , which lies at the entrance of a state park.

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville's name is synonymous with bourbon and the Kentucky Derby. Known as "the most exciting two minutes in sports," the derby encompasses an entire month filled with events, which leaves visitors many options beyond just enjoying this short sprint. Typically occurring on the first Saturday in May—with the only two exceptions being during World War II and the pandemic—the Kentucky Derby boasts horse-centric activities coupled with folks sporting the height of fashion by wearing lovely dresses, seersucker suits, and of course, flamboyant hats.

However, if you'd like to avoid crowds and enjoy a more relaxed horse-centric vacation in Louisville , plenty of under-the-radar events are happening throughout the year. Churchill Downs , where the derby is held, hosts many other races from April through July, October, and November. One perk is that you can still have a derby-esque experience and wear your Southern best while sipping a Mint Julep and devouring a piece of famous Derby Pie.

Wellington, Florida

Florida has lovely weather year-round, which makes Wellington an ideal spot to visit any time of year. If you'd like to vacation during winter, head to the Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington International , which hosts events throughout the year. To see horses competing in sport, catch a match at the International Polo Club , where you can make reservations to dine at sunset as you watch live polo. If you'd like to learn more about the sport, the club offers lessons geared towards any skill level. Wellington is also close to the beach, making it perfect for those who want to spend time in the sun.

Madison, Georgia

Some folks take their pets on vacation, and why should equine lovers be the exception? If you want to take your horse on your annual trip, head to a farm near Atlanta, where you can treat your steed to an experience in a new setting. Southern Cross Guest Ranch has a bed and breakfast, plenty of riding trails, and horses available for those who don't want to bring their own.

Assateague Island, Maryland

Although many locations offer equestrian centers and horse-centric events, Assateague Island in Maryland and Chincoteague Island in Virginia have unique opportunities: Animal lovers can see wild horses. Officially called ponies due to their short, stocky nature, they are encouraged by Saltwater Cowboys (yes, that's an official name) to swim from Assateague to Chincoteague and back each July in the annual Pony Swim .

It's speculated that the horses most likely arrived on Assateague Island via shipwreck or abandonment by early colonists. The swim has a variety of purposes, including veterinary checks for the horses and an auction to help control the size of the herd. The journey of the horses and the festivities happen over several days, which makes it an exciting event to center a vacation around. Plus, it's something horse lovers should experience at least once in their lifetime.

Ocala, Florida

Located in Marion County, Florida, Ocala has been named the Horse Capital of the World , and rightfully so. Several Kentucky Derby winners spent training time or were born and bred in the city, which is only part of Ocala's claim to fame. Due to year-round warm weather, events, such as the Live Oak International competition and the Ocala Breeders' Sale , happen throughout the year, making it easy to plan a vacation during any month. While in town, you can also visit a horse farm, go horseback riding, and immerse yourself in the area's deep equestrian history.

Middleburg, Virginia

Named so because it's halfway between Alexandria and Winchester, Virginia, Middleburg is low on residents—there are less than 1,000—but high on equestrian activities. It's home to America's first organized fox hunt, established in 1840. Events, such as The Middleburg Hunt , take you back in time as folks dress in traditional fox hunting gear and ride horseback with their hounds alongside. Middleburg also features several horse races, shows, and jumping competitions throughout the year, but perhaps the highlight is taking a self-driving stable tour , where you can visit farms and stables that aren't open any other time of year.

Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington , also nicknamed Horse Country, is barely 80 miles away from Louisville, yet it has a horse culture all its own. Multiple farms are open for touring throughout the year, so you and your family can have an up-close experience with horses. Whether you're in the market for a horse or not, another highlight is the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center , a 72-acre farm that helps all breeds find their forever home and where visitors can learn about horses and feed them. In addition, many of the farms offer private tours so that you can tailor your experience. Lexington is also home to the Kentucky Horse Park , where you can camp, see competitions, and visit the four museums for a complete equine experience.

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7 Southern Getaways for Horse Lovers

These spots promise plenty of other non-horsey outings, too

By Emily Daily

March 23, 2023

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The South harbors more world-class horse farms and equestrian facilities than one can swing a crop at, and many of them love pulling out the fancy boots for visitors. Whether you’re a horse-crazy kid at heart or prefer to appreciate from a distance the natural beauty of horses in panoramic habitats you can’t find anywhere else in the country, there’s an adventure for everyone. Here are seven equine getaways for making life-long memories—in or out of a saddle.

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Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort  

Mill Spring, North Carolina

From spring through fall, Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort welcomes visitors to “Saturday Night Lights,” a free event showcasing Grand Prix show jumping. Explore the venue on a beginner-friendly trail ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains or take a (literal) spin on the full-size iconic Venetian carousel. Be on the lookout for miniature horses Pumpkin and Daisy who mingle with guests during their evening strolls. 

Lodging Options: Park your RV in the campground, get a room at the Stable House Inn , or rent one of the resort’s luxury log cabins . 

Where to Eat: Grab dinner from the plethora of onsite restaurants , and head over for drinks and live music at the Silo Bar—a pub created from an actual grain silo.

Non-Equestrian Activities: Enjoy golf and shoot sporting clays at the Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club or a picnic at Pearson’s Falls and Glen . 

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Lajitas Golf Resort  

Lajitas, Texas

A trip to Lajitas in historic Big Bend is the ideal desert retreat for families looking to enjoy scenic trail rides (sunrise or sunset is highly recommended) across its 27,000 acres of rugged countryside as well as myriad outdoor activities. 

Lodging Options: A variety of suites and villas are available, or big-rigs can book a space at the nearby Maverick Ranch RV Park . 

Where to Eat: Lajitas’s restaurant Candelilla features unique spins on Southern and Tex-Mex dishes  like fried quail legs. For more casual dining, head to the Thirsty Goat Saloon or snag a late-night pizza from the Boardwalk Bakery.  

Non-Equestrian Activities: Play golf at their renowned course Black Jack’s Crossing , stand-up paddleboard down the Rio Grande, or visit the Longhorn Museum . 

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Kentucky Horse Park

Lexington, Kentucky

Since 1978, the Kentucky Horse Park has been an oasis for horse lovers. Visitors can hobnob with dozens of breeds, tour four museums, watch an exhibition, or take a guided ride throughout the 1,200 acres. Swing by the Hall of Champions to ogle a few living legends who reside at the park, such as Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. 

Lodging Options: The KHP campground is convenient and runs a shuttle service to the park—plus, it has a pool, on-site grocery store, and modern bathhouses. 

Where to Eat: There are a handful of cafes throughout the park, but Bluegrass barbecue is just down the road at Blue Door Smokehouse or Red State BBQ . 

Non-Equestrian Activities: Go bourbon tasting at a local distillery, take a tour of the Aviation Museum of Kentucky , or stroll through the University of Kentucky’s Arboretum . 

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Sugar Ridge Ranch

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Ever dreamed of taking your horse with you on vacation? Sugar Ridge Ranch on the Outer Banks offers short-term boarding with individual stalls. Saddle up and head to the beach—the Cape Hatteras National Seashore sits minutes away via a short trek through the maritime forest. 

Lodging Options: Rent an on-site cabin within walking distance of the barns, or book at a local hotel, such as the waterfront Inn on Pamlico Sound . 

Where to Eat: The cabins have full kitchens and grills for easy meal prep. Or venture up the road for seafood at Hatteras Sol . 

Non-Equestrian Activities: The Outer Banks is a sportfishing paradise with a bevy of offshore and inshore angling opportunities. For history buffs, visit some of the local museums and historic sites , such as the Roanoke Island Festival Park . 

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The Willcox

Aiken, South Carolina

With its rich history of foxhunting, polo, and Thoroughbred racing, Aiken has long been a hotspot for equestrians—and The Willcox’s central location downtown makes it the ideal place to stay. For a true Aiken horse country experience, trail ride or hike through the longleaf pines of nearby Hitchcock Woods, a 2,100-acre urban forest, watch a polo match , or head to Stableview to cheer on Olympic riders.  

Lodging Options: Reserve a room or suite in the main hotel or stay in the quaint Chef’s Cottage . 

Where to Eat: The Willcox’s award-winning restaurant is a must-try, although downtown Aiken contains plenty of hidden gems, like the eclectic Whiskey Alley .

Non-Equestrian Activities: Book a spa session (they have options for kids, too), go antiquing, or birdwatch at Audubon’s Silver Bluff Sanctuary . 

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House Mountain Inn

Lexington, Virginia

Perched atop the slopes of Big House Mountain, this scenic bed-and-breakfast gives vacationers the chance for a true mountain escape. Seeking the solace of nature? Take a hike through the fifteen miles of well-marked wooded trails, or fish in the stocked ponds. Horse lovers can book a guided trail ride through the Shenandoah Valley or pop over to the nearby Virginia Horse Center for a variety of equine events. 

Where to Eat: The inn offers a three-course dinner each night, but just a short jaunt downtown are other restaurants, including the Red Hen , a small-but-mighty local favorite.  

Lodging Options: There are plenty of cozy rooms and suites available, including a cabin for larger groups. 

Non-Equestrian Activities: Kayak down the James or Maury Rivers, visit Natural Bridge , or catch a theater performance at nearby Washington and Lee University.  

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Black Prong Equestrian Village

Bronson, Florida

Tucked alongside central Florida’s 53,587-acre Goethe State Forest, Black Prong is a haven for horse owners and nature lovers. The secluded equestrian village has all the amenities you (and your horse) need for a weekend getaway. Trail ride in the forest or watch carriage drivers train in the arenas. For off-site entertainment, the World Equestrian Center is just a half hour away in Ocala. 

Where to Eat: The two on-site restaurants have a delectable selection for every meal, such as breakfast burritos, brisket burgers, and fresh seafood.

Lodging Options: Choose from a variety of cottages, airstreams, or tiny homes at the resort. 

Non-Equestrian Activities: Hike or bike through the extensive Goethe trail system, explore Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens , or kayak down the crystal-clear Rainbow River . 

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Horse Lovers’ Bucket List: 30 Things to See and Do to Feed Your Horse Obsession

Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event fever is starting to build on social media, have you noticed? Two years ago I attended Rolex. It was epic–something I had yearned to do for as long as I can remember. It was definitely one of this horse lover’s bucket list items. I even rode on a guided horseback tour of the cross country course the day before with an OLYMPIC eventer as the guide! ( Read the tale of the Olympic equestrian tour guide here. )

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One day maybe I will get to ride my Thoroughbred Knight on a beach like this.

I’ve crossed many bucket list items off at this point in my life (aging helps), but there are still sooo many I want to do. Here are 30 horse lover’s (and lovers’) bucket list items. The ones in bold are the ones I have yet to accomplish. The ones in regular font or in green as links I have already done. Which ones have you accomplished? Please leave a comment so we can compare lists! 🙂

Horse Lovers’ Bucket List Items

  • Ride a horse on a beach.
  • Ride your own horse on a beach.
  • Swim on horseback.
  • Host a Kentucky Derby party at your home.
  • Attend the Kentucky Derby in real life.
  • Develop a killer ability to sit the trot without jiggling around.
  • Teach your horse how to bow.
  • Teach your horse to do the Spanish walk.
  • Learn how to braid a tail like a professional.
  • Learn how to braid a mane in one long French braid swoop.
  • Take a polo lesson.
  • Watch a polo match.
  • Watch a polo match on snow.
  • Visit a working ranch and ride with cowboys.
  • Re-read all the Marguerite Henry stories you loved as a kid.
  • Attend the annual Pony Penning swim in Chincoteague.
  • Practice yoga, because it’s good for you and your horse.
  • Ride in a clinic with a famous trainer.
  • Attend the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event and take a bunch of XC pictures on your cell phone.
  • Buy your dream horse.
  • Buy your dream saddle.
  • Introduce a newbie to horses and pay for their first lesson.
  • Hire a professional photographer to take pictures of you and your horse.
  • Commission a professional painting of your favorite horse.
  • Write a letter or a card to your veterinarian thanking him or her for keeping your horse healthy.
  • Trail ride up to the Hollywood sign .
  • Create a DIY project with one of your horse’s old shoes.
  • Ride side saddle.
  • Go to Breeders’ Cup with friends. (Planning to do this in November! Is it too early to think about what to wear? Anybody know where I can find a fascinator?)

Your Turn: What other horse lovers’ bucket list activities should I have included? Which ones do you also want to cross off the list?

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April 21, 2017 at 7:47 am

I am very lucky to have done a lot of these! Of the ones I haven’t that would be on my bucket list probably include sidesaddle and foxhunting 🙂 And for me personally – successfully eventing at Training level, maybe Prelim!

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April 21, 2017 at 7:52 am

I think we need to take a sidesaddle lesson together. Now I have another bucket list item: find sidesaddle instructor in the OC. I hope you get to event at prelim!!!!

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April 21, 2017 at 8:27 am

Good list. Makes me want to re-think my own horsey bucket list, and also teach Simon to do a Spanish Walk 😀

April 22, 2017 at 10:40 am

And after the Spanish walk, teach him to take a bow. 🙂

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April 21, 2017 at 12:34 pm

You inspired me Susan! Great post! http://exploringdressagebiomechanics.blogspot.com/2017/04/equestrian-bucket-list.html

April 22, 2017 at 10:50 am

Thanks! I just shared your post on my Facebook blog page.

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April 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Great list. I’d add ride the grand canyon. I got to do this in November and I think it may be a disappearing opportunity.

April 22, 2017 at 10:39 am

YES! I remember reading about that. I think I left it off my list just because I have an irrational fear of heights and cliffs and drops. I blame my Midwestern flatlander upbringing for that.

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October 25, 2021 at 9:57 am

I think swimming on a horseback sounds like a great addition to my bucket list. I’ll need to train my horse though. Maybe I can get help from a professional.

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10 Destinations for Horse Lovers In The United States

Combine your love of travel with opportunities to visit equine-centric destinations. United States

Combine your love of travel with opportunities to visit equine-centric destinations. You can traverse gorgeous trails, meet impressive horses, stay at all-inclusive ranches, and watch exciting races. Explore cities and national parks across the United States on horseback or stand in the shadows of American equine legends. Think about the following places for your next trip within the United States, from the Pacific Shores to Mid-Atlantic pastures.

  • Half Moon Bay, California

Visitors to California can sign up for scenic trail rides around the Half Moon Bay area. Consider guided horse trail rides with Sea Horse Ranch. Explore Poplar Beach and the Coastal Equestrian Trail. These routes will take your expedition group over sand, near bluffs, and through forests. Up the coast, create amazing memories on one of the ocean cruises from San Francisco ports .

  • Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach is also within easy driving distance from San Francisco. Stay at Pebble Beach Resorts–established 1924– and enjoy rides at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. There are more than 27 miles of trails and beaches that accommodate horseback rides for the whole family. All levels of equestrian experience are welcome and visitors can enroll in specific programs to develop their interests.

  • Chincoteague Island, Virginia

Wild horses can be found at this legendary Virginia destination. Every year, the Pony Swim brings wild horses from their habitat on Assateague Island to the Chincoteague Island auction. Young readers have loved the story Misty of Chincoteague for many years and look forward to seeing the real event in action. Come to watch the “Saltwater Cowboys” or walk out onto the accessible nature trail boardwalk.

4. Outer Banks, North Carolina

More wild horses can be found in parts of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Wild Corolla horses may be seen on Currituck Beach. These horses are believed to be related to Spanish Mustangs that were brought over by early settlers. Rent a nearby beach house to watch the horses run from afar or join a guided horseback tour.

  • Cody, Wyoming

Cody is a small town with a major variety of guided trail ride opportunities. This part of Wyoming has beautiful, expansive country views that are best appreciated from horseback. Book a ride with Cedar Mountain Trail Rides, Buffalo Bill Horse Rides, or Elf Ford Outfitters. You can also have the full western cowboy experience at Rand Creek Ranch.

  • Lexington, Kentucky

Stop in at the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington and visit the famous Keeneland Race Course. The area is home to more than 450 horse farms, and many of them offer comprehensive tours for horse-loving visitors. The Kentucky Horse Park offers both camping spots and equine event viewing opportunities.

  • Saratoga Spring, New York

Saratoga Race Course is the oldest track in the United States, founded in 1847. It has long been a destination for equine racing fans across America. Plan a trip to watch the $1.25 Million Travers Race, Whitney Stakes, or Saratoga Stakes Races. Also enjoy Saratoga’s natural springs, lakes, shopping, and theater entertainment.

  • Ocala, Florida

This Marion County city is home to more than 600 different Thoroughbred horse farms. Ocala is commonly recognized as the “Horse Capital of the World” and has the official training site for the U.S. Equestrian Team at the Florida Horse Park. Watch high-level equestrian competitions throughout the year and meet some of the best trainers.

  • Louisville, Kentucky 

Louisville is at the top of any horse-lovers list of destinations. Plan your vacation to coincide with the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The must-see event happens every May and attracts spectators from all over the world, with their best hats. Make the most of your visit by seeing the Muhammed Ali Center and Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, too.

  • Branson, Missouri

Enjoy the excitement of Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson. A ticket to this event allows you to watch excellent riders, see beautiful horses, and eat tasty food. You may also choose a peaceful trail ride with a local guide company.

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These cities welcome horse lovers with open arms!

Travelers can visit some amazing horse places in the United States for their next getaway. Each equestrian destination offers something unique! From live horse racing and A-rated shows to scenic trail rides and beach adventures this top list of equestrian places will wow you. Some of these cities are hidden gems, while others are well-known by the horse community. Add your favorite to your dream vacation!

10. Bryce Canyon, Utah

Located in Southwestern Utah, the Bryce Canyon National Park is an exquisite place definitely worth checking out. This popular horse destination is a favorite among trail riders. It consists of a collection of natural amphitheaters and structures called hoodoos. A beautiful color palette of orange, red, and white covers the rocks. Enjoy a guided ride in one of the world’s most unique horse-friendly spots.

9. North Salem, New York

Just a short distance from New York City, this town is filled with beautiful horse farms. It has over 100 miles of protected trails for the dedicated horseman and woman. It seems almost everyone in this area has a horse or is a rider! It’s infectious. With gorgeous weather nine months of the year, it’s no wonder this place is an equestrian’s paradise.

8. Middleburg, Virginia

English riders can appreciate this horsey place. Famous for its stonewalls and green pastures, Middleburg is well-loved by the horse community. Some people consider it the nation’s horse and hunt capital. It features mild weather, historic charm, and good-natured people. While you’re visiting, consider attending the Upperville Colt & Horse Show. It was one of the first shows to be organized in the United States.

7. Woodstock, Vermont

Spend your summer days checking out this small town. A flourishing horse community, miles of trails, and cool weather make it a favorite among riders. The Green Mountain Horse Association has a top-notch facility that is appreciated by all horse fans. 

6. Aiken, South Carolina

Filled with a rich horse history and culture, Aiken is popular in the winter. It boasts some of the finest facilities in the United States. Top equestrian competitions draw people from all over! It’s well known for polo, fox hunting, eventing, show jumping, and trail riding. It truly is a horse-riding paradise. 

5. Woodside, California

This wealthy town is no stranger is elegant horse farms. With a thriving horse community, it establishes horse-friendly policies and works hard to maintain them. Furthermore, riders can enjoy an elaborate trail system. The weather makes it possible to ride year-round! 

4. Wellington, Florida

There are lots of events in this world-famous city! Wellington caters to both equestrians and polo players. You can view top-level competitions at the International Polo Club and Palm Beach Equestrian Center. Add it to the list of desirable winter destinations with its balmy weather.

3. Louisville, Kentucky

Racing fans will want to head over to Louisville. It hosts the first event of the Triple Crown also known as the Kentucky Derby. This famous race takes place at the Churchill Downs track. There’s even a Kentucky Derby Museum! During the off-season, you can watch simulcast racing.

2. Ocala, Florida

Named the horse capital of the world, Ocala is filled with green fields and spectacular barns. Many professional riders and trainers head down to this place in the winter months to soak up its mild weather. While you’re there, it’s essential to check out the Florida Horse Park. You can catch international-level competitions in three-day eventing, polo, and other disciplines.

1. Lexington, Kentucky

The world’s best breeders live in Lexington. There’s no mystery why this horse place is so popular. Known as the Bluegrass region, it seems to have the perfect conditions for raising and training youngsters. Don’t forget the fact that it’s home to the Kentucky Horse Park . Horse lovers will thoroughly enjoy this tourist attraction!

Whether you stay for a weekend or move your life there, these top horse places in the United States are perfect for equestrians. Sign me up for one of these getaways!

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A look at leading southern destinations for horse lovers

The south is known to have some of the best vacation spots in the country. There are white, sandy beaches with emerald waters along the Gulf Coast, lush mountain ranges that expand from north Georgia, east Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia, and multiple rivers and lakes that flow through every southern state. The south is known for amazing cuisine, culture, art and music that draw people every year to places like New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, and Charleston. There is a unique vacation usually within driving distance for mid-southerners. We decided to breakdown top destinations for horse lovers in the south. The first stop is in Kentucky, the horse capital of the world.

The Kentucky Bourbon Tour

Kentucky will always be known for horses. According to Kentuckybred.org the equine industry generates $6.5 billion in annual cumulative economic activity and a total of 60,494 jobs in 2021. No matter where you travel in Kentucky you see horses. Louisville and Lexington are the two cities best known for horse activity, but the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a unique way horse lovers can travel throughout the state, sampling the best food, arts, horse culture and, of course, bourbon.

According to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail website, in 1964, a Congressional Resolution declared Bourbon an indigenous product of the United States—meaning that no other country can make a product and call it Bourbon. Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon is made in Kentucky. The original Bourbon Trail itinerary allows for 9 days of traveling throughout Kentucky and visiting 18 main distilleries. The idea of the Bourbon Trail is to “sip, stroll and savor your way throughout the Bluegrass state.”

The tour starts in Louisville where it is recommended to spend up to three days. The official drink of Louisville is the Old Fashioned. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail (KBT) welcome center is located at the Frazier Museum. Directly leaving the museum Whiskey Row is less than one mile away. There are four KBT distilleries all within walking distance, but if you decide on not walking, then there are many transportation services that know the KBT routes and can take you on a safe and thorough tour of the distilleries. The KBT website recommends leading restaurants to make reservations and places to stay to enhance the bourbon experience. 

After leaving Louisville the trail leads travelers through several days hitting towns in Shepherdsville/ Owensboro, Bardstown, Lebanon and Danville/ Lawrenceburg. The tour ends in Lexington to give travelers a full week exploring the state of Kentucky, historic distilleries, top restaurants, ideal places to stay, and a rich culture, all while being surrounded by active horse activities and horse farms. Travelers can choose their own itineraries and have the flexibility to enjoy KBT distilleries for a weekend or up to a full week. There are also 41 craft distilleries that travelers can work into their plans if wanting to explore even more.

It is recommended to plan which distilleries to visit in advance. Each distillery has set times for tours, so to guarantee you are able to visit and tour specific distilleries you will need to schedule your tours at least two months before you plan to travel. The kybourbontrail.com has all the information needed to plan a trip. There are recommended places to stay, restaurants, transportation services, and, of course, other activities that help enrich the entire experience throughout the horse state, like horse farm tours..

Historic Franklin, Tenn.

The next destination is located about an hour south of the Kentucky state line. Right outside of Nashville, Tenn, Franklin has a population of about 80,000. Franklin is known to be a unique blend of history and progress. Downtown Franklin consists of 16 blocks of historic Victorian architecture. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and offers unique shops, restaurants, antique stores, entertainment, the arts and more.

Franklin is known for hunter/ jumper shows at Brownland Farms, the Franklin Rodeo, the longest held annual event in Williamson County, and the Volunteer’s State Horseman’s Foundation, which is housed in Franklin and organizes the Iroquois Steeplechase that takes place at Percy Werner Park in Nashville every May.

Historic downtown Franklin is filled with events all year round. There are scheduled wine tastings, art crawls, ghost tours, and Civil War battlefield tours. Franklin is also home to Harlinsdale Farm, the most significant horse farm associated with modern day Tennessee Walking Horses.

In 2004, the Harlin Family expressed interest in selling the 200-acre farm to the City of Franklin. The property would be developed as a passive park while maintaining and protecting the Walking Horse history. The City of Franklin opened the park’s first phase for the community’s enjoyment in 2007. The Park at Harlinsdale Farm is also home to The Tractor Supply Arena where Franklin Polo Academy regularly holds matches. Harlinsdale highlights 200-acres of rolling farmland, a 4-acre dog park, equestrian trails and more.

Greater Memphis Area

About 200 miles west of Franklin is the heart of the mid-south, Memphis, Tenn. Memphis has long been known as a top destination spot in the country. It is the “Home of the Blues and Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Known for Elvis and Graceland, the Mighty Mississippi, and the world’s best BBQ. Memphis has long been a top tourist city.

The Greater Memphis area has a thriving horse industry backed with equine history and ongoing hunter/ jumper shows, leading Quarter Horse shows, rodeos, and the Germantown Charity Horse Show, one of the longest held and largest multi-bred, rated horse shows in the nation. This past June GCHS celebrated its 74th annual show.

A highlight in Memphis has been a surge of local restaurants and craft breweries throughout downtown, midtown and east Memphis. Memphis is known for BBQ and the World’s BBQ Championship, held every year in Memphis in May, but the local restaurant scene has been boasting eclectic cuisine outside of BBQ for many years.

Craft breweries have also been popping up through downtown and midtown for the last decade. Whether people are traveling to the Greater Memphis area for horse events or coming to see historic Graceland, the National Civil Rights Museum, Stax Museum, or Sun Studios, Memphis has something to offer all travelers.

Oaklawn Racing & Hot Springs, Ark

Hot Springs, Ark is just under 200 miles west of Memphis, and about 50 miles southwest of Little Rock. Hot Springs has long been known as “The Spa City- America’s First Resort.” It is known for the natural hot springs that produce almost one million gallons of water a day.

The hot springs were coveted as a natural wonder and in 1832, President Andrew Jackson designed Hot Springs as the first federal reservation. Hot Springs Reservation was America’s first national park, predating Yellowstone National Park by 40 years.

Hot springs has historic Bathhouse Row where the hot springs water is pumped into historic downtown hotels and spas. Aside from the hot springs the town is named after there are also several lakes that draw vacationers to the town every summer. Lake Catherine, Lake Hamilton, and Lake Ouachita offer boating, fishing, camping, hiking, and many more outdoor activities. It is a perfect summertime lake vacation with top notch resorts, golf courses, spas, restaurants and more.

What makes this a top destination for horse lovers is historic Oaklawn Racing. Oaklawn wasn’t the first racetrack in Hot Springs, but it’s still going strong today, the lone survivor of what was a fairly crowded central Arkansas landscape more than a century ago.

Historical data indicates a track called Sportsman’s Park was operating in the late 1890s. Essex Park, adjacent to a major train route from Malvern to Hot Springs, opened on Malvern Road in 1904. Even Little Rock, 50 miles northeast of Hot Springs, had a race meet.

By 1920, Oaklawn was the only track still standing and is the only racetrack in Arkansas today. Race season starts the second weekend in December and runs through the first weekend of May. The Arkansas Derby will be held the first weekend in April in 2023.

Oaklawn is a full-service Thoroughbred racetrack and a casino resort. A newly built hotel offers rooms overlooking the racetrack where vacationers can watch morning workouts and jogs by the horses and exercise riders.

The resort offers a top-of-the-line spa, Astral Spa, where you can schedule couples’ massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and much more. Oaklawn resort also offers top dining experiences and bars. With nine bars, restaurants, deli and lounge options, your trip can include the finest dining experience to a lively music scene for late night adventures.

Whether it is a lake vacation or a planned trip to the races, Hot Springs and Oaklawn are leading horse lover’s destinations in the mid-south.

Chincoteague and Assateague Island

This southern destination guide would not be complete without mentioning a beach vacation perfect for horse lovers. On Virginia’s eastern shoreline is Chincoteague Island and the gateway to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island. Chincoteague is known for its beaches and wild Chincoteague ponies. The Children’s novel, Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry made the island and the ponies famous. The book told the story of Misty, and the wild ponies’ resilience on the mid-Atlantic coast.

In July, tens of thousands of spectators gather to the island to watch the historic pony swim. This year the pony swim will take place on July 27th. It will be the 97th year for the swim. Each year the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company purchases a grazing permit from the National Fish & Wildlife Service. This permit allows the Fire Company to maintain a herd of approximately 150 adult ponies on Assateague Island. The Fire Company controls the herd size with a pony auction on the last Thursday in July. Spectators come to watch the Saltwater Cowboys swim the pony herd from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island.

Down the Atlantic coast are several more ideal beach destinations. Florida has always been known for its amazing beaches and horse activities. Horse events take place throughout many cities including Ocala, Wellington, Palm Beach and South Florida. It is not uncommon for jumper shows and polo matches to be held on the beaches in Miami. Whether you want a beach or lake vacation, a historic tour through the bluegrass country, or a get-a-way weekend to fill up on amazing food, and drinks you can celebrate horses at any of these leading, southern destination cities.

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While dude ranches are a great option for horse-loving kids and families, there are plenty of other options for horse-themed vacations. Saddle up with one of the best U.S. destinations for horse-loving kids.

1. Lexington, KY

Kentucky, and specifically, Lexington , is known as the Horse Capital of the World, with 400 working horse farms in and around the city. The most famous attraction is the 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park, where families can see and interact with more horse breeds than we can count! A working farm, the Kentucky Horse Park features the popular parade of breeds called “Horses of the World,” the Mare and Foal Show, a stunning film presentation of Rein of Nobility , several museums, the Hall of Champions and more.

Some of the best equine care facilities in the world are also located in Lexington, and many of them offer tours; these include Rood & Riddle (tours by appointment), Haygard, Davidson, McGee and the Gluck Equine Research Center. Another great spot to view horses is The Thoroughbred Center, where on any given day, you can view around 1,000 horses in residence training.

Recommended Hotel: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Lexington

2. Louisville, KY

Home to the legendary Kentucky Derby—annually held the first weekend in May at the Churchill Downs race track in Louisville —is the second of Kentucky’s horse meccas. In Louisville, families can engage in a multitude of equine activity at the famous race track, with tours, dozens of ticketed events, and an onsite museum. There are also horse camps, farms, stables and racing in the area, and numerous hotels partner with Churchhill Downs to offer pricing incentives.

Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn Downtown Louisville

3. Saratoga Springs, NY

Another famous horse racing destination, Saratoga Springs , New York, is home to the Saratoga Race Track. Here, kids can see horses up close, watch horses train, and cool off at the Big Red Spring. The track also hosts Family Mondays, with hands-on fun for kids. After your visit to the track, head to family-friendly Olde Saratoga Farms for riding lessons.

Recommended Hotel: Gideon Putnam Resort

4. Cody, WY

In Cody, Wyoming—otherwise known as The Rodeo Capital of the World—horseback riding abounds with numerous area stables hosting families of all skill levels. Families can enjoy everything from steep incline rides with breathtaking vistas to meandering stream rides. Buffalo Bill Horse Rides, Cedar Mountain Trail Rides and Rand Creek Ranch are all family-friendly options near Cody.

In February 2019, the Wyoming legislature renamed a roughly 30-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 14/16/20 the ‘Wild Horse Highway.’ The highway stretches from the Cody city limits to just east of Emblem and is named after the McCullough Peaks wild horse herd that roams along the road.

Recommended Hotel: The Cody Hotel

5. Ocala, FL

In Ocala, Florida, Postime Farms serve as host to one of the largest horse shows in the country: H.I.T.S or “Horses in the Sun,” a Dressage/Jumper event lasting about two months. The show features classes for over 100 different breeds, including the Tennessee Walker, Paso Fino, Morgan horse, SaddleBred, Draft horse and the American Quarter Horse. Other equine events in the area include cowboy mounted shooting by the Florida Outlaws, as well as endurance rides, barrel races, “extreme” cowboy events, jumper shows, trick shows, parades, draft pulls, and rodeo events.

Recommended Hotel: Hilton Ocala

6. Marco Island, FL

In Marco Island , Florida, M&H Stables  offers trail riding on the Picayune Strand State Forest’s Equestrian Trail, as well as other Everglades trails. Riding lessons and group outings are fun for the whole family. M&H Stables was established in 1986, and is one of the oldest stables in southwest Florida.

Recommended Hotel: Marriott’s Crystal Shores

7. Outer Banks, NC

The Outer Banks is known for its mansion-size vacation rentals for families, but did you know it’s also known for its wild horses? The area’s wild horses reside just north of Corolla, and are also located on Ocracoke Island. To see them, consider an excursion with Wild Horse Adventure Tours. And if you’d like to go horseback riding, check out  Buxton Stables , Equine Adventures , Hatteras Island Horseback Riding , Lighthouse Horse Rides , and Outer Banks (OBX) Horseback.  No experience is needed for most of the rides.

Recommended Hotel: Sanderling Resort

8. Carson Valley, Nevada

Nevada’s motto is “Don’t Fence Me In,” so it makes sense these parts of the Western Frontier have the most wild horses and burros of any state in the U.S.! On the western end of the state, in the Carson Valley (about 50 miles south of Reno), visitors can embark on a tour with  JT’s Wildlife Photography and Tours to see wild horses. This is an incredible option for teenagers exploring arts and photography. The scenery is spectacular and the search for stallions memorable.

Recommended Hotel: 1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort and Spa

9. Chincoteague Island and Assateague Island, VA

Chincoteague Island and Assateague Island are a must-visit for any horse-loving kid. There are two different herds of wild horses who reside on the islands near the Virginia/Maryland state border. The sand dune-loving horses munch on marsh grass and drink from the freshwater ponds that surround the area. The herd of horses on Chincoteague Island is actually owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, who purchases a grazing permit each year to maintain a herd of 150 adult ponies on Assateague Island. The volunteer firefighters control numbers of this herd and the last Thursday of each July, the herd is swam from one island to the other by saltwater cowboys for auction, an event that tens of thousands of visitors come to see. There are numerous theories as to how the horses ended up here, though many believe they arrived when a Spanish ship sunk offshore around the 1600’s.

Recommended Hotel: Comfort Suites Chincoteague

10. Kauai, HI

Kahua Ranch in Kauai is one of the oldest working ranches in Hawaii and is known for its incredible rides and panoramic views. Trail rides include traversing coastline, stately cinder cones and lush pastures dotted with grazing sheep and cattle. Families are led by experienced paniolos and well-trained horses for a memorable experience.

Recommended Hotel: Kauai Beach Resort

11. Gettysburg, PA

You haven’t lived until you’ve visited the Land of Little Horses in Gettysburg , Pennsylvania! The park was originally opened in 1970 by two Merchant Marines, who traveled the world and met Argentinians who introduced them to miniature horses. For nearly five decades since, this special park has been entertaining audiences with horse performances, educational activities and—new for 2019—a game-style format challenging families to see if they are smarter than a horse! And, for the only guaranteed unicorn sighting in the state, the 100-acre farm delivers the rare one-horned-horse-glimpse during its spectacular show.

Recommended Hotel: The Gettysburg Hotel

12. Iceland

Icelandic horses are iconic; they are isolated, noble and unique from all others in the world. And with almost 80,000 horses in Iceland , there are ample opportunities to ride and view these majestic creatures. Islenski Hesturinn, The Icelandic Horse – Riding Tours, Viking Horses, Icelandic Riding, Ishestar Horse Riding Tours, and the Reykjavik Riding Center are all located in Reykjavik and offer horse encounters for kids and families, with many others dotting this otherworldly country.

Recommended Hotel: Alda Hotel

Julie Bielenberg is a Denver-based journalist and Colorado’s leading agritourism writer. She contributes her expertise to various outlets including AAA, USA Today 10 Best, 5280, Westword, Mountain Town Magazine, Hunting Life, and Mile High Mamas. Julie also works with the National Dude Ranchers Association. When she’s not traveling or on horseback, Julie is at home with her husband and three young children, who are passionate about everything Colorado has to offer, from skiing to hot springs! Follow Julie’s adventures,  @slowandgotraveler . 

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Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Zzzzzz.

That sound you hear is that of time passing by and of you, worn out by the daily grind and put to sleep by the notion of yet another “stay-cation” spent at home catching up on chores. Is that going to put snapshots in your scrapbook or be something the kids remember fondly for life? Not likely!

Before another year gets away with no getaway, why not rekindle life’s fun factor by going on a vacation trip based on your love for horses? There are lots of ways to make that happen and plenty of price-point options.

As proof, we rounded up details on 50 great escapes that range from across the country and around the world to just down the road a piece. Tip: Many of the vacations presented here will allow you to bring your own horse, so if that interests you, be sure to inquire about it when you find a listing that sounds like it’s up your alley.

With eight categories to pick from in this article and multiple locales named within each, you can go on 50 vicarious vacations right now. Send us a postcard from the one you pick!

Cattle Drive/Cowboy Work Help real ranch hands drive and sort cattle, plus perform other ranch chores. Don’t forget to bring your chaps.

Appeal: If you’ve always wanted to cowboy up, here’s your chance to try your hand at traditional ranch chores?up to and including cattle drives?on veteran, well-behaved cow ponies. Tip: Inquire about seasonal opportunities; cattle drives typically take place in the spring and fall.

Offered by: McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch in Libby, northwest Montana. Polish your skills with Buck Brannaman-influenced horsemanship coaching, then practice cattle sorting, cutting, and ranch penning on talented horses. You can also ride trails, plus help with colt gentling in the spring.

More info: mmgranch.net; (406) 293-5000.

CALIFORNIA . Hunewill Guest Ranch, Bridgeport. Try the Big Fall Cattle Gather; the Hunewill (pronounced “honeywell”) was established in 1861 by Napoleon Bonaparte Hunewill. hunewillranch.com; (760) 932-7710.

COLORADO . Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, Loveland. Learn about low-impact rotational grazing as you help ranch hands move and work Red Saler cows and calves. sylvandale.com; (877) 667-3999.

MISSOURI . RS Ranch Gaited Getaways, Bourbon. Ride one of the ranch’s Missouri Fox Trotters or bring your own horse to help out on a 500-acre ranch that still uses draft horses to perform heavy work. rsranchtrailrides.com; (573) 732-4590.

OHIO . Smoke Rise Ranch, Glouster. Participate in cattle drives, team penning, cutting, and guided trail rides, plus enjoy pool parties, music, and dancing deep in the Hocking Hills. smokeriseranch.com; (800) 292-1732.

TEXAS . Running-R Guest Ranch, Bandera. Play cowhand in the Texas Hill Country; the Running-R adjoins a 5,500-acre state natural area with over 40 miles of trails. rrranch.com; (830) 796-3984.

Resort Luxury With Horses Pamper yourself at a handsome facility offering multiple actives, deluxe accommodations, and fine dining.

Appeal: Vacation at a multi-purpose resort, and the non- riding members of your family will have plenty to do, such as fish, swim, play golf, go touring?or spend a relaxing after- noon at the spa. Tip: Be prepared to open your wallet; resorts, especially the most luxurious ones, can be pricey.

Offered by: Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa, Lajitas, Texas. This full-service resort’s equestrian center offers riding lessons and trail rides through the desert mountains bordering Mexico. Its extracurricular activities include 18-hole championship golf; fossil explorations and bird-watching expeditions; and historical tours of Lajitas, where Comanche Indians and Pancho Villa once roamed.

More info: lajitasgolfresort.com; (432) 424-5000.

ARIZONA . Rancho de los Caballeros, Wickenburg. Ride all week and never see the same trail twice, or try your hand at team penning; other activities include tennis, golf, and trap/ skeet shooting. sunc.com; (928) 684-5484.

CALIFORNIA . Alisal Guest Ranch, Solvang. Trail ride over 10,000 acres in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, or play golf on a course designed in 1956 by the legendary Billy Bell, Jr. alisal.com; (805) 688-4215.

COLORADO . Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Tabernash. Explore trails on 5,000 acres of privately owned wilderness, then luxuriate at the nature-based spa and in a lavish private cabin or cozy lodge room. devilsthumbranch.com; (800) 933-4339. NEW YORK. Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland. Ride with confidence on a trail ride matched to your ability; kids will love the indoor water park?with 250-foot water slide. rhranch.com; (800) 647-2624.

NORTH CAROLINA . Pisgah View Ranch, Candler. See the Blue Ridge Mountains on horseback, mountain bike, or foot; enjoy nightly entertainment and games from horseshoes to volleyball. pisgahviewranch.net; (866) 252-8361.

WYOMING . Red Reflet Guest Ranch, Ten Sleep. Help with the working-ranch chores or ride out on the range, then retreat to a deluxe chalet with private hot tub and stocked wine cooler. red-reflet-ranch.net; (866) 766-2340.

Equine Events With Extras For competitors and spectators, equine events have stepped outside the arena for supplemental fun .

Appeal: Whether you’re a competitor, a family member of a competitor, or a hard-core fan, you can partake of activities outside the arena and enjoy some horse action, too. Tip: If you’re a competitor, get your entries in early to these events, leaving adequate time for your family or friends to make their arrangements to join you.

Offered by: The Painted Pony Championship Rodeo, Lake Luzerne, New York. This historic outdoor summer rodeo runs three nights a week, July through Labor Day weekend. Treat yourself to Texas-style barbecue before the performance, and then dance your boots off at the Longhorn Saloon afterward. Nearby Lake George offers numerous horse-centric vacation spots to round out the rest of your trip.

More info: paintedponyrodeo.com; (518) 696-2421.

MASSACHUSETTS . Equine Affaire Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield. November 10-13, 2011. Clinics by the top educators in the business, unbelievable shopping, and more learning opportunities than you can imagine make this event (and its brethren in California and Ohio) a great event for the entire family. equineaffaire.com/massachusetts; (740) 845-0085.

NEVADA . High-Roller Reining Classic, Las Vegas. September 11-17, 2011. On top of seeing the top horse-and-rider pairs compete in futurity and derby classes (and maybe even competing yourself), enjoy all the nightlife Las Vegas offers?family-style or not. highrollerreiningclassic.com; (623) 465-1571.

OHIO . The All American Quarter Horse Congress, Columbus. October 7-30, 2011. The shopping alone makes this event a must-see, and special lectures, high-stakes futurity classes, and other showcases will fill your itinerary. oqha.com; (740) 943-2346.

OREGON . Northwest Reined Cow Horse Association Summer Showdown, Bend. July 12-18, 2011. Set at a five-star resort, this horse show includes a pre-futurity and derby, a full slate of NRCHA classes, a cow horse leadline class, a golf tournament (exhibitors/sponsors only), and numerous after-show activities?including a waterpark, a spa, and shopping. nwrcha.com, brasada.com; (206) 390-0715 (show information), (888) 701-2987 (lodging).

Easy-Does-It Horse Camping Take your horse on an overnight getaway with amenities that cut the hassle and discomfort of having to rough it.

Appeal: By staying in a cabin or bringing your own living-quarters rig and hooking up, you can get a change of scenery and fresh trails to ride without going fully primitive. Tip: Get specifics about corrals or other horse accommodations offered, to be sure they’re a good match for your horse’s needs.

Offered by: Lakeview Plantation Equestrian Escapes, Fairfax, South Carolina. Rent a lodge room or full-service RV site, then ride to your heart’s content on 3,000 private acres. Catered meals are available.

More info: lakeviewplantation.com; (803) 584-0689.

INDIANA . Midwest Trail Ride, Norman. Options range from campsites with electricity to deluxe log cabins with air-conditioning and heat. midwestrailride.com; (812) 834-6686.

ILLINOIS . Hayes Canyon Campground, Shawnee National Forest, Eddyville. Pay just $28/night for a full-hookup RV site and pens for up to four horses, and ride a 180,000-acre national forest known for its rock formations. hayescanyon .com; (618) 672-4651.

NORTH CAROLINA . Turkey Creek Cove Cabins & Horse Camp, Clyde. Savor the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains with a cozy, fully equipped log cabin as your base. turkeycreekcabins.com; (770) 862-4833.

OKLAHOMA . Horse Heaven Ranch, Talihina. Stay at a modern RV campsite or in a luxury cabin with its own barn, then cruise trails in the Ouachita National Forest or ride in the ranch’s arena. horseheavenresort.com; (800) 514-6773.

SOUTH DAKOTA . Broken Arrow Horse Camp, Custer. Ride the famed Black Hills from a new horse camp that features full RV hookups, covered horse pens, chuckwagon meals, and nightly ice cream socials. brokenarrowhorse camp.com; (605) 673-4471.

VIRGINIA . High Country Horse Camp, LLC, Troutdale. Camp at Virginia’s highest peak, Mt. Rogers, with a covered stall or tie line for your horse; indulge in a staff-cooked breakfast or steak dinner. campingfriend.com/high countryhorsecamp; (276) 388-3982.

Kid-Friendly Family vacations, from those close to home to road-trip travel destinations, are the things childhood memories are made of.

Appeal: Whether it’s Grandma and Grandpa taking the kids for a long weekend trip or a lengthy family road trip or a large family reunion, kid-friendly vacations involving horses can be fun for the entire group. And they don’t have to cost a fortune. Non-horse activities are often easily accessible to keep the non-riders busy, too. Tip: Many of these require bringing your own horse, so be sure to inquire about rental horses if you’d rather leave the trailer, feed, and tack at home.

Offered by: Spur of the Moment Ranch, Mountain, Wisconsin. You’ll find almost every camping situation possible here, from rustic cabins with a bathhouse to living-quarters plug-ins to modern cabins with satellite TV. 60 miles of multipurpose trails and the 600,000-acre Nicolet National Forest offer plenty of area to explore horseback (or otherwise). Fifteen paddock areas and 19 box stalls ensure that your horse is comfy, too. Plan your trip around one of the specialty weekends that include cooking lessons and meals prepared by a local chef.

More info: spurofthemomentranch.org; (800) 644-8783.

INDIANA . Rawhide Ranch, Nashville. Make this a family trip, or send the kids to one of the camps?horse, photography, and art camps are tailored to the younger set. rawhideranchusa.com; (888) 947-2624.

MISSOURI . Brushy Creek Lodge and Resort, Black. Explore Mark Twain National Forest in the eastern Ozarks, enjoy a meal at the Trail’s End Restaurant, and then rest in a furnished cabin or your own camper. brushycreeklodge.com; (573) 269-4743.

NEW YORK . The Crosspatch, Salamanca. Explore Cattaraugus County across miles of trails, and enjoy family-style activities like wagon rides, chuckwagon supper shows, and more. thecrosspatch.com; (716) 938-6313.

OHIO . Ben’s Happy Trails Riding Stable and Campground, Otway. Schedule your visit over a weekend featuring a pig roast or an event sponsored by the American Competitive Trail Horse Association. benshappytrails.com; (740) 372-2702.

OKLAHOMA . A to Z Guest Ranch, Smithville. Bring your own horse or use one of theirs to enjoy 150 miles of trails in the Kiamichi Mountains. atozguestranch.com; (580) 244-3729.

International Adventure Grab your passport and seize the chance to ride in a country and culture other than your own .

Appeal: Whether over a border or over an ocean, a trip to ride on foreign soil (and sample another horse culture) generates memories to last a lifetime. Tip: Bring an open mind, because the way horse things are done in another country might very well be quite different from what you’re used to.

Offered by: Travel By Carmen, to the eastern coast of Australia . Join an Olympic equestrian and his fun-loving Aussie guides to explore the sights, sounds, and wildlife to be found in the land Down Under.

More info: travelbycarmen.com; (800) 780-8841.

ARGENTINA . Patagonia Pioneers Ride. Book a seven-day trip into pristine wilderness, and challenge yourself by riding and camping in the Andes. highpointetours.com; (561) 350-1230.

CANADA . Saddle Peak Trail Rides, Alberta, between Calgary and Banff. See the splendor of the Canadian Rockies with horseback riding by the hour, day, or week. saddlepeak.com; (403) 932-3299.

IRELAND . Equitrekking’s Kerry Mountains and Beaches Ride, Killarney. Southwestern Ireland’s Ring of Kerry is famous for its mountains, lakes, and golden beaches; reach them by horseback and stay at bed-and-breakfasts or small hotels. equitrekkingtravel.com; (877) 490-7786.

MEXICO . Equitour’s Relaxed Cavalcade Ride, Valle de Bravo, 21?2 hours from Mexico City. Go on guided scenic rides in the mornings (afternoons, too, if you like), then kick back to shop local markets, go on a boat ride, get a massage, take a salsa dance lesson, or feast on authentic Mexican cuisine. ridingtours.com; (800) 545-0019.

Guided Pack Trip Travel by horse or mule with pack animals to set up camp somewhere in the heart of Mother Nature.

Appeal: A pack trip with guide and wranglers mixes roughing it with essential comforts, creates camaraderie, and remains one of the only means to experience wilderness and other remote (often restricted) areas in a firsthand way. Tip: Book early, as this is a small-group sort of vacation and openings fill up fast.

Offered by: Bitterroot Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming. Like most places with wilderness access, this ranch is far off the beaten track, sitting in a valley south of Yellowstone National Park. The ranch’s Fox family has been taking guests into untamed parts of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for nearly 40 years.

More info: bitterrootranch.com; (800) 545-0019.

ALBERTA . Anchor D Guiding & Outfitting, Black Diamond. Spend up to seven days riding and camping in the Canadian Rockies, with wilderness wranglers, a camp cook, and experienced mountain horses at your disposal. anchord.com; (403) 933-2867.

CALIFORNIA . Red’s Meadow Pack Station, Mammoth Lakes. Ride and camp in the eastern high Sierra, and see such wonders as Yosemite and the Ansel Adams Wilderness. redsmeadow.com; (800) 292-7758.

COLORADO . OutWest Guides, LLC, Marble. See amazing wildlife and stay in a wall-tent camp on a trip into the past. outwestguides.com; (970) 963-5525.

IDAHO . Triple “O” Outfitters, Inc., operations based about 65 miles west of Missoula, Montana. Traverse part of the ancient Nez Perce trail also used by explorers Lewis and Clark, or create a custom trip elsewhere in the Bitterroot National Forest. tripleooutfitters.com; (208) 610-1492.

MONTANA . Swan Mountain Outfitters, Swan Lake. See the magnificent Bob Marshall Wilderness (near Glacier National Park) with Montana’s largest horse-based outfitter. swanmountainoutfitters.com; (800) 919-4416.

OREGON . Del Sol Wilderness Adventures, Lostine. Ride and marvel at the high-country splendor of the Eagle Cap and Hell’s Canyon Wilderness areas, often called “the American Alps.” delsolwildernessadventures.com; (541) 398-0340.

UTAH . Hondoo Rivers & Trails, Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey. Customize a small-group trip into the pastel limestone canyonlands of the Colorado Plateau. hondoo.com; (800) 332-2696.

Historical Rides Experience history on horseback in some of the most picturesque scenery in the U.S.

Appeal: Pair a look into a turning point in U.S. history with scenic landscapes and hours in the saddle, and you’re sure to get an unforgettable trip. Whether you ride a provided horse or bring your own, you get important historical perspective with a knowledgeable local guide. Tip: Get familiar with an area’s seasonal weather patterns so you aren’t caught unprepared with inappropriate clothing.

Offered by: Artillery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. With the closest campground to the battlefield, stalls and turnout for horses, and a trusty team of their own mounts, Artillery Ridge’s guides will show you Gettysburg’s battlefields from the vantage point of the cavalry who fought there.

More info: artilleryridge.com;(717)334-1288.

ARIZONA . Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride, Tombstone. This five-day historic ride shadows Wyatt Earp and his posse’s trail of retribution against the cowboy faction, concluding with the annual “Helldorado Days” event. great-american-adventures.com; (505) 286-4585.

IDAHO . Lewis and Clark Trail, Kamiah. Ride 12 miles of trail accessible only by livestock, where camping includes such luxuries as hot showers and tasty backcountry cooking. idahooutfitter.com; (888) 983-9378.

MICHIGAN . Mackinac Island, Lake Huron. Enjoy carriage rides around the island as the main mode of transportation while soaking up 19th-century architecture; trail ride through the scenic state park. cindysridingstable.com; (906) 847-3572.

MISSOURI to CALIFORNIA . Pony Express National Historic Trail Re-Ride, St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. Apply to ride a portion of the famous trail aboard your own mount on the non-stop, 10-day relay ride across the West. xphomestation.com; (530) 644-7439.

NEW MEXICO . Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, Gila National Forest. Ride through Ponderosa forests and deep-walled canyons to Geronimo’s birthplace and ancient cliff dwellings. geronimoranch.com; (575) 772-5157.

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The Perfect Horse Lovers Bucket List: 8 Things to Do At Least Once!

Today, we’re sharing the ultimate horse lovers bucket list!

They’re things that everyone who adores horses should do at least once.

You can also use most of these ideas as inspiration for an amazing gift to give that special equestrian in your life.

Let’s dive in and get started!

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The Perfect Horse Lovers Bucket List

According to The Idioms , a bucket list is defined as “a list of achievements or experiences someone wants to have during their lifetime.”

This is especially true for horse lovers and horse owners alike.

Here are some things all horse fanatics should have on their bucket list!

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1. Attend the Kentucky Derby in Person

The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse race held at the 147-acre Churchill Downs Racetrack in the neighborhood of South Louisville, Kentucky.

The inaugural race was held in 1875, making it the oldest continuously held major sporting event in the United States.

The Kentucky Derby is a 1 ¼ mile race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds.

The race almost always takes place on the first Saturday in May, with the 2021 race being held on May 1 st . It will be the 147 th running of the Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby often draws celebrities like Ian Somerhalder, Janet Jackson, Josh Groban, and more.

Step into the world of equine elegance and find the perfect name for your majestic male horse by watching our “Male Horse Names” video now :

2. Binge Watch the Heartland Television Series

Heartland is a Canadian family, drama, Western television series that is based on the 26-novel Heartland book series by Lauren Brooke.

It has aired for 13 seasons, so far, debuting on October 14, 2007. Season 14 is set to premiere on January 10, 2021.

Heartland is a “multi-generational saga set in Alberta, Canada and centered on a family getting through life together in both happy and trying times.”

The series stars Amber Marshall, Graham Wardle, Michelle Morgan, Shaun Johnston, Alisha Newton and Chris Potter.

3. Indulge in a Few Popular Horse Novels

Check out these popular novels to get your horsey fix.

Then, snuggle up under a blanket, grab a cup of tea, and read way past your bedtime!

  • Chosen by a Horse – by Susan Richards
  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel – by Jeannette Walls
  • Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See – by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley
  • Riding Lessons: A Novel – by Sara Gruen
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation – by Elizabeth Letts
  • The Horse Dancer: A Novel- by JoJo Moyes
  • Thoroughbreds & Trailer Trash (Book 1 of 3 in the Second Chance Romance Series)- by Bev Pettersen

4. Teach Your Horse a Cool Trick or Two

Teaching your horse cool tricks is loads of fun, but it also teaches your horse valuable lessons about communication, love, patience and repetition.

Need a couple ideas on what tricks to teach your horse?

  • Forever Horse Crazy – How to Teach Your Horse to Smile on Cue.
  • I Heart Horses – How to Teach Your Horse to Bow.
  • Seriously Equestrian – How to Teach Your Horse to Give a Kiss.
  • The Spruce Pets – Teach Your Horse to Give a Hug.

5. Visit a Dude Ranch For a Weekend

A dude ranch is a vacation resort where people can engage in activities such as camping, fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding and nature walks.

Need some ideas on where to stay?

Tanque Verde Ranch

Tucson, Arizona- The Tanque Verde Ranch is nestled on 60,000 acres among the Rincon Mountains.

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

Solvang, California- Located in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is California’s premier dude ranch that is set in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country.

C Lazy U Ranch

Granby, Colorado- Located 85 miles northwest of Denver.

The C Lazy U Ranch is an all-inclusive guest ranch that is situated in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Sandpoint, Idaho- Located in Bonner County’s largest city.

The Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is a 1,100-acre year-round guest ranch  in the scenic panhandle of North Idaho.

The Resort at Paws Up

Greenough, Montana- Located 76 miles northeast of Butte and 25 miles east of Missoula.

The Resort at Paws Up is Montana’s first and only true luxury ranch resort.

Vee Bar Guest Ranch

Laramie, Wyoming- Located just 50 miles west of Cheyenne.

The Vee Bar Guest Ranch is a historical, family-friendly dude ranch nestled in the valley of the Snowy Range Mountains, home of the Medicine Bow National Forest.

6. Volunteer at a Horse Rescue

Horse rescue organizations take in horses that have been abandoned, abused or neglected.

Need to find a horse rescue in your state?

  • A Home For Every Horse has a List of Horse Rescues By State.
  • Horse World Data provides you with a list of state-by-state Horse Rescue & Retirement Organizations.

7. Watch As Many Popular Horse Movies As Possible

A cold, winter day (or weekend) is the perfect time to binge watch as many acclaimed horse movies as you can.

Even better, gather your equestrian buddies, hippophile pals and/or horse-loving friends together so they can binge watch with you.

Need some inspiration? Here are some of our favorite horse movies!

Black Beauty

Black Beauty is a 1994 drama movie based on the 1877 novel, of the same name, by Anna Sewell.

It features Alan Cumming as the voice of the ‘Black Beauty.’

National Velvet

National Velvet is a 1944 technicolor sports, drama movie based on the 1935 novel, of the same name, by Enid Bagnold.

It stars Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor.

Seabiscuit is a 2003 sports movie based on the 1999 non-fiction book, Seabiscuit: An American Legend, by Laura Hillenbrand.

The movie, starring Tobey Maguire, is loosely based on the life and career of Seabiscuit, a champion thoroughbred racehorse.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is a  2002 animated adventure movie featuring Matt Damon as the voice of ‘Spirit.’

This is the perfect flick for family movie night, since it’s 100% kid-friendly.

The Black Stallion

The Black Stallion is a 1979 family adventure movie based on the 1941 children’s novel, of the same name, by Walter Farley.

It stars Kelly Reno, Teri Garr and Mickey Rooney.

The Horse Whisperer

The Horse Whisperer is a 1998 Western drama movie based on the 1995 novel, of the same name, by Nicholas Evans.

It stars Robert Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas.

8. Whip Up a Batch of Horse Treats

Horses enjoy getting a bit spoiled every now and then, right?

So, why not make your favorite equine some easy, frugal and delicious homemade treats!

Need some help?

  • Capital Cowgirl has an easy recipe for Carrot-Oat-Banana Cookies.
  • Horse Illustrated provides a simple recipe for Oatmeal Carrot Crunchies.
  • Little House Living shows you How to Make Horse Treats with carrots, apples, molasses and oats.
  • Love the Energy features a homemade horse treats recipe for Pumpkin Poppies.
  • Mom.com showcases How to Make Sugar Cubes for Horses.
  • Stable Table & Crafts has an effortless recipe for Homemade Horse Treats with Cinnamon & Oats.

I hope you enjoyed this horse lovers bucket list!

Some of these ideas do require a bit more of a budget than others, but there are plenty that you can do for free or cheap.

Plus, ideas like movies and books don’t even have to wait.

You can get started on that part of your list right now!

What’s on your horse lovers bucket list? Share below!

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June 18, 2013

Romantic Honeymoon Equestrian Excursions

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Honeymoon planning: the most relaxing part of wedding planning, outside of the cake and wine tasting (especially delicious if you can manage to finagle a free one)! Many couples search for a honeymoon destination with an activity in mind, and equestrian honeymooners have plenty of options these days in which they can enjoy their newlywed status while riding through gorgeous scenery; whether they choose to explore the far reaches of gorgeous Maine and Alaska, the sweeping hills and valley of Ireland, the warm Caribbean sand and azure water of the Bahamas or the rolling fields and castles of Tuscany, honeymooners will find dream destinations that offer accommodations that ranges from rustic to luxurious.

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Newlyweds can soak in the grandeur of the majestic Colorado Rockies while enjoying the finer things in life when they honeymoon in Aspen . During your days, horseback ride through the pristine wilderness of the White River National forest with Aspen Wilderness Outfitters . They offer a wide variety of half-day and full-day trail rides through mountain peaks, as well as overnight pack trips for honeymooners looking for a real adventure! Upon returning, enjoy the delectable restaurants, festive nightlife and fun shopping opportunities of this upscale mountain town, and choose from the wide range of classy resorts that offer a number of comforts exclusively to honeymooners.

Riding On the beach

What could be more romantic than a ride down a white-sand beach and a frolic in the warm, azure waters of the ocean? Come to the Grand Bahama Island for an ultra-relaxing paradise of tropical breezes and heavenly pampering. The various trails along the beach are perfect for leisurely horse rides, and venture into the verdant pine forests for a taste of adventure. There are handfuls of companies that will take you on vibrant and culturally enriching horseback tours, providing detailed histories as you trot through fine sand and lush trees.

If you’re looking for a honeymoon destination where you can bring your own horse and enjoy unmatched scenery, look no further than Arcadia National Park . Over 45 miles of rustic roads weave through the lush forests, pristine lakes and through the valleys and hills in this rugged gem. These trails are closed to motor vehicles, and you can stable your horse with Carriages of Acadia and then stable yourself in a selection of accommodations ranging from campsites within the Park to private cabins and cottages and luxury boutique hotels in neighboring towns.

Green Mountains

An Alaskan honeymoon is perfect for horse-lovers who dream of riding through the breathtakingly untamed outdoors. During the day you can explore the serene mountains, lakes and waterfalls of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge fromhorseback and snuggle together underneath the stars as the glowing embers of a campfire keep you toasty. Those couples that long for more comfortable accommodations will appreciate returning to one of the area’s many charming and cozy B&B’s after a day of exhilarating riding. The Alaska Horsemen Trail Adventures will guide honeymooners through a myriad of spectacular settings that help create picture-perfect memories, as well as vacation packages that include a breakfast bar and free wifi in their rustic cabins.

Ireland is a land of effervescent greens and heartening histories. And there is no better way to explore this than from the back of a noble steed. Located in the West of Ireland in a rural village straight out the pages of a fairytale, the An Sibin Riding Centre offers complete horseback riding holidays. You’ll ride through and around heather-covered bogs, peaceful woods and rolling emerald hills and valleys, enjoy a picnic by the Shannon River, see manor houses with extensive walled gardens and discover ancient stonewalls. Guests may stay at the Centre’s 300-year old restored farmhouse and will enjoy a hearty Irish breakfast and homemade dinner every night of their stay.

Whether you want to explore the US, the Caribbean or Europe; you can spend your honeymoon exploring it all from horseback!

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